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Healthy Weight and Your Child Program

The YMCA of Honolulu and medical partner, Hawaii Pacific Health, are in process of expanding our childhood healthy lifestyles initiatives and now offer weight management programs for keiki on Oʻahu.

The Healthy Weight and Your Child program creates a safe, fun and active environment for keiki and families to explore and adapt proven methods to living a healthier lifestyle.

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How the program works

Healthy Weight and Your Child empowers keiki ages 7-13 years old, with the support of their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle. This four month long, evidence-based, program engages keiki and adult as a pair, so together they can understand how the home environment and other factors influence the choices that lead to a healthy weight. The program emphasizes behavior changes to support healthy eating and physical activity.

The program is delivered by two trained leaders: A Content Leader who delivers the education and nutrition portions of the program; and an Activity Leader who safely leads physical activity. Families will work with their leaders to learn about topics including:

  • healthy eating
  • physical activity
  • portion control
  • internal and external triggers
  • food label reading
  • goal setting and rewards

The 4-month program includes a ʻOhana Information Session and 25 sessions. Families meet twice a week for the first 10 weeks. Afterwards, families meet once a week for five weeks. Classes are two hours long and are made up of eight to fifteen keiki and their parents/caregivers.

Does your keiki qualify?

In order to qualify for participation in the Healthy Weight and Your Child Program, your keiki must:

  • be 7-13 years old
  • carry excess weight, with a body mass index (BMI) of the 95th percentile or higher
  • receive clearance from a healthcare provider or school nurse to participate in physical activity
  • attend all sessions with a parent/caregiver

Why the whole family?

Family participation is crucial to success. Evidence shows that child weight-management programs are more effective when the whole family is involved and committed to adopting healthier habits. For this reason, the program is designed so that adult attendance is required at all sessions.

Locations offering Healthy Weight and Your Child Program:

O'ahu upcoming 2020 locations

  • Windward, Castle Medical Center
    • Program currently running (enrollment closed)
    • Next group running August - December (dates coming soon)
    • Accepting referrals
  • Town, Nu'uanu YMCA
    • Program currently running (enrollment closed)
    • Next group running August - December (dates coming soon)
    • Accepting referrals
  • West Oʻahu, Pali Momi Medical Center
    • Program currently running (enrollment closed)
    • Next group running August - December (dates coming soon)
    • Accepting referrals
  • Mililani/Wahiawa, Mililani YMCA
    • Next group running January - May 2021
    • Accepting referrals

New groups typically start in January and August at these locations. Please call our program coordinator, Noël, at 808-548-0951 for most up to date schedules.

Is there a program fee?

The Healthy Weight and Your Child fee is $80/family for the 4 month program. Monthly payment plans are available as well as financial assistance to all that qualify. If cost is a barrier, please speak to us about scholarship opportunities. In addition, you will receive a free island-wide membership with access to all of our YMCA branches on O'ahu for these 4 months of program.

How to register

If this program sounds right for you and your keiki, please have your keiki's physician fill out a referral form and we will reach out to your family about our ʻOhana Information Session.

Healthcare Provider Referral

If you have any questions about the program please contact the program coordinator, Noël Gibeau, at 808-548-0951 or