Referral Guidelines for MEND, ShapedownBC & HealthlinkBC Eating and Activity Program for Kids
For MEND and Shapedown Referral Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals in Demonstration Project Communities, please click here for more information.
A telephone program to help B.C. children, teens and their families reach healthy weights and improve their overall health and quality of life. For more information about the HealthlinkBC Eating and Activity Program for Kids, which includes Healthcare Provider FAQ and Referral Form, please click here.
Click here for information on the Childhood Healthy Weights Intervention Initiative and the Demonstration Project.
More help is available for families with children who are departing from the healthy weight trajectory. Through the Childhood Healthy Weights Intervention Initiative, the Province has funded MEND, ShapedownBC and the HealthlinkBC Eating and Activity Program for Kids programs to help families achieve a healthier lifestyle and improve their children’s weight status.
MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) is a free, 10 week, early intervention weight management program for children aged 5 to 13 years who are working with their families towards achieving a healthy weight. Families can register for MEND 5-7 or 7-13 (some centres offer both) at participating YMCAs and BCRPA member recreation centres.
ShapedownBC is a multidisciplinary program for families with children and teens aged 6-17 years who have more complex weight management issues. This free 10 week program (13 for teens) requires physician referral and is provided by Health Authorities (currently five BC locations), in partnership with participating YMCAs and recreation centres.
The HealthlinkBC Eating and Activity Program for Kids helps families reach healthy weights and improve their overall health and quality of life. Families will discuss their health priorities and gain new skills. Staff will focus on supporting behaviour changes for healthy eating, active living and lifestyle habits. Program materials are tailored to meet family needs and values, plus address barriers to healthy living.
Click here for MEND and ShapedownBC program locations and contact information. Contact local programs by phone or email for more information or ShapedownBC referral forms.