Project Name: Healthy Kids at the YMCA

This project was funded by the ASMBS Foundation, and is not a current or ongoing program of the ASMBS Foundation. For more information on this project please contact the grant recipient – Children’s Center for Weight Management in Birmingham, AL.

Program Activities and Description:
Healthy Kids at YMCA will be a joint venture between the Children’s Center for Weight Management (CCWM) and the Birmingham YMCA. CCWM was established in July 2002 as a joint venture between the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Departments of Pediatrics and Surgery and the Children’s Hospital of Alabama (TCHA), to provide an interdisciplinary approach in efforts or prevention, evaluation, treatment and research with children who are overweight.  The model is a social ecological framework that takes into consideration individual variables related to weight loss in the context of the family, peers, community, and society. The CCWM offers:

  • An outpatient interdisciplinary clinic
  • Two group programs for overweight youth (ages 6-11) and healthier weight (ages 12-18)
  • A bariatric surgery service for severely overweight adolescents

The CCWM has an established relationship with UAB through the Healthier Weight adolescent weight management program which is held at one of their facilities. The Birmingham YMCA is a community based organization that has a record of success in working with children and families. Camps with the YMCA are a popular choice for Birmingham youth. Their vision statement is “We will lead our community to become the healthiest in America” fits well with the issue of pediatric obesity. With the experience of the YMCA, the CCWM will be able to expand its weight management program to a summer day camp. The goal of Healthy Kids at the YMCA camp is to assist these children and their families with initiating a successful weight loss program in a fun camp to address pediatric obesity in the Birmingham metropolitan area.