hEALTH AND NUTRITION EDUCATION SERVICES for FAMILIEs / childcare providers / ECE / healthcare providers 


Research has established that multicomponent pediatric weight management programs have proven to be the most effect means of treatment for childhood obesity 1, 3, 15. Successful pediatric weight management programs contain four vital program components 1, 4. The Back in Whack Program contains all four of these vital program components as follows:

Nutrition component that provides:

  • A Nutrition Plan utilizes current dietary guidelines and reference standards for a balanced diet with a variety of healthy food choices. Calorie counts are tailored to children/teens' specific age and gender. The nutrition plan is designed to lower high BMIs (body mass indexes) and is not appropriate for children and teens with normal BMIs.
  • Nutrition education which includes a detailed explanation of the nutrition plan.

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Physical activity component that:

  • Increases physical activity to one hour or more per day; and
  • Decreases sedentary activities and limits screen time to two hours or less per day.

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Behavioral change component that:

  • Utilizes themes that facilitate and support habit change;
  • Teaches children/parents and teens how to write effective health goals that promote success; 
  • Uses self-monitory tools which increase goal achievement and instill long-lasting habit changes;
  • Teaches children/parents and teens skills that help facilitate successful habit change
  • Provides tools for children/parents and teens that help them apply or implement behavioral change skills that they have learned;
  • Teaches participants how to use positive reinforcements and rewards to support efforts to change; and
  • Teaches children/parents and teens three different skills that help prevent program derailment.

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Parent involvement is essential for the success of weight management programs for children.  Teens who have parental support experience higher rates of success. The parent training component provides information to parents about:

  • How parenting skills affect children’s feeding behavior; and
  • How parental role modeling of nutrition and lifestyle habits can have a positive or negative effect on children’s feeding behavior and food choices.

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ClickHERElearn about key habits that contribute to the development of unhealthy weights (high BMIs) in youth.

Click HEREto see a list of references used to support the four program components.