Best Kids Weight Loss Programs in Southeast Michigan

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Growing kids come in all shapes and sizes. But if your child is overweight or obese, it increases their risk of developing asthma, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Taking even small steps though, like encouraging more activity and less screen time, can make a difference.

If you’re concerned about your child’s weight, make an appointment with his or her physician for an overall health assessment. Your child’s doctor may recommend lifestyle changes or a supervised kids’ weight loss program available at one of the leading local hospitals. Use our list to find facilities and classes that can help your child achieve a healthy weight.

Note: In some cases, your health insurance may cover all or part of the cost. Call your health insurance provider to find out more.

Beaumont’s Healthy Kids Program

  • Location: throughout southeast Michigan
  • Phone: 248-655-5900
  • Costs: call for details

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Kids ages 3-18 and their parents meet with a dietitian, psychologist, and an exercise physiologist four times over a 12-week period to learn how to improve their overall health through better nutrition, exercise and other behavior modifications. Kids will get to participate in cooking classes and physical activity events, plus screenings for diabetes, high-blood pressure and other serious conditions.

Weight Management and Exercise Program at Family Health Care Center

  • Location: Family Health Care Center, 2033 Crooks Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-543-2000
  • Costs: call for details

Family physician, Dr. Paul Ehrmann, offers 10-, 20-, 30- and 40-week sessions to help patients of all ages lose weight, and keep it off. Patients will meet with the doctor, along with registered dietician Pam Haddad and behavioral specialist Ted Braude, to pinpoint bad habits and create a plan that will lead them on the path to a healthy life through diet and exercise.

Henry Ford Clinical Weight Management Program for Older Teens

  • Location: Clinton Township, Detroit, Livonia, West Bloomfield, Wyandotte
  • Phone: 313-972-1919 or 248-325-3335
  • Costs: call for details

This program is aimed at teens ages 15-19 who are extremely overweight (above the 95th percentile or who have a BMI greater than 40). It includes visits with dietitians, behavior and exercise specialists and pediatric follow-up sessions to help these teens lose weight and start them on the road to a healthier lifestyle.

Let’s Get Healthy! Henry Ford

  • Locations: Detroit, West Bloomfield, Troy and Canton
  • Phone: 313-874-6653
  • Costs: call for details

Created for overweight teens ages 9-13, Let’s Get Healthy! pairs kids with a pediatrician, behavioral specialists, nutrition experts and athletic trainers to understand how their everyday choices affect their health. The program emphasizes making healthier lifestyle choices, instead of weight loss. There’s a similar, six-session program, for ages 9-12 offered in Clinton Township, too.

Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management Clinic at the University of Michigan

  • Location: 1540 E. Hospital Drive, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-615-3829
  • Costs: call for details

In this family-focused, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital program, a psychologist, social worker, exercise physiologist, dietician and physician work with adolescents, ages 13-17, to evaluate and educate them on how to make better choices to improve their weight and overall health.

Let’s Eat Healthy! Pediatric Weight Management Program-Henry Ford

  • Locations: southeast Michigan
  • Phone: 313-874-7495
  • Costs: call for details

Younger kids and families work with a registered dietitian to create an individualized and healthy meal program. During each session, kids will learn about current eating trends, lifestyle behaviors, making healthier choices, portion sizes and more. They will also learn the importance of regular exercise and how to get more active in their everyday lives.

Rock On – Pediatric Weight Management at St. John Providence

  • Location: St. John Hospital’s Van Elslander Cancer Center, 22101 Moross Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-343-7047
  • Cost: call for details

Kids and teens ages 7-18 with a BMI greater than the 85th percentile participate in this 12-week program where they will work with a local nutritionist, exercise physiologist and social worker to have an overall health evaluation, one-hour weekly group treatment sessions on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, and follow-up assessments to improve their overall health and develop better nutrition and exercise habits.

ShapeDown Weight Management Program for Children and Teens at St. Joseph Mercy

  • Location: Ann Arbor, Brighton and Canton
  • Phone: 734-712-3456
  • Cost: call for details

Parents and kids, ages 6-18, work as a team with a social worker, dietician and exercise specialist to learn how to prepare healthy meals, and combine that with exercise to live a healthier lifestyle. The program starts with 10 weekly two-hour classes and then parents and kids decide whether to proceed with advanced classes. They also offer Fun Family Fitness, which is a weekly family exercise session for an extra $25 per family.

Do you know of any other weight loss programs for kids? Tell us in the comments section below.

This post was originally published in 2012 and has been updated for 2016-17 by Christina Clark.

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