Healthy Living Program
The Healthy Living Program advances the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity by integrating excellence in clinical care, research, quality education and community advocacy.
The CHA Healthy Living Program (HLP) was implemented in 2016 and is based on the successful and nationally recognized Let’s Go! Program developed and established in Maine in 2006. The beauty of the program is its simple, evidenced-based messaging.
The keystone message is;
5 or more fruits and vegetables
2 hours or less of recreational screen time
1 hour or more of physical activity
0 sugary drinks, more water on a daily basis.
How does the program work?
The Healthy Living Clinic occurs every Monday afternoon at the Wells Avenue site. The Healthy Living Clinic team includes a pediatrician, dietitian, psychologist, and a promotora (cultural mediator and assistant) who helps with translation and provides peer counseling by phone with patients between visits.
All patients have an initial evaluation individually with our team after referral from their CHA provider for obesity (BMI ≥ 95%). They then choose participating in the 8 class curriculum covering healthy habits over 12 weeks or with individual appointments. We encourage other family members to attend.
Obesity-related medical problems are addressed and if indicated, additional appointments for behavioral and mental health concerns are made with our psychologist. All will be seen at least once monthly for at least 6 months and then referred back to their regular providers.
During classes, we provide bottled water and a fresh fruit snack (courtesy of Raley’s in Golden Valley) to participants. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada provides a produce bag with 4-5 types of fruits and vegetables for all of our class participants to take home each session.