Top Weight Loss Programs for Kids in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

If your child is struggling with weight, these weight loss programs for kids in hospitals in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties can help.

Five kids holding fruits and vegetables

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 and check out our roundup of top weight loss programs for grown-ups to make getting healthy a family affair.

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

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.

HealthyTown Everywhere at Family Health Care Center

  • Location: Family Health Care Center, 2033 Crooks Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-563-0386
  • Costs: Free

Family physician, Dr. Paul Ehrmann, created this program with the goal of getting the entire community healthier. It offers grocery store tours led by dietetic interns and registered dietitians, blood pressure, blood sugar and BMI measurements, a walking program and five-week, hour-long classes for kids that combines these parts.

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 Eat Healthy! 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 one-on-one session, kids will learn about current eating trends, lifestyle behaviors, making healthier choices, portion sizes, schedules and more. They’ll also learn which behaviors affect nutrition and how the family plays a role in children’s health.

Let’s Get Healthy! Henry Ford

  • Locations: Dearborn, Detroit, Farmington and Sterling Heights
  • 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 Program 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, teens and their families will learn to improve their health and make better choices through lifestyle changes and up-to-date medical care.

Pediatric Weight Management at Endocrine Kids 

  • Location: Endocrine Kids, 25500 Meadowbrook Road, Suite 130, Novi
  • Phone: 248-347-3344
  • Costs: call for details

The Health and Nutrition Direction Pathway (HAND) at this Novi pediatric endocrinologist office helps kids to manage their weight with private evaluations and ongoing management with a doctor that specializes in obesity and metabolic diseases, consultations with a pediatric dietitians, lab evals and treatments of obesity-related disorders like glucose intolerance, diabetes, PCOS and others.

Rock On – Pediatric Weight Management at St. John Providence

  • Location: St. John Hospital’s lower level, 28000 Dequindre Road, Warren
  • 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 pediatrician, local nutritionist, exercise physiologist and social worker to have an overall health evaluation, participate in one-hour weekly group treatment sessions on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, and have 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: 734-712-5694
  • 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 and more active lifestyle. The program starts with 10 weekly two-hour classes and then parents and kids decide whether to proceed with advanced classes.

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 is updated regularly. 

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