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The CHANGE Program for Overweight Teens

NYU Winthrop Hospital and Adelphi University have developed a weight management program to help overweight teens achieve healthy lifestyles. The Comprehensive Health Assessment for Nutrition, Growth, and Exercise (CHANGE) Program is focused on physical exercise, nutrition and behavioral modifications specifically for teens, ages 13-18.

The program includes:

  • Comprehensive health assessments for nutrition, growth, and exercise
  • Fitness evaluations
  • Nutrition consultations
  • 12 week gym membership at Adelphi University’s state-of-the-art facility
  • Personal exercise prescriptions

Why CHANGE?

Nearly 20 percent of all adolescents are now obese, and more than 70 percent will have significant weight problems as adults. For overweight teens, there are significant health risks such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gall stones, breathing and sleep disorders, orthopedic difficulties and emotions challenges. They are also at a higher risk of developing life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and stroke.

The CHANGE Program was created as a comprehensive lifestyle change program to help teens and their families make impactful, healthy improvements in exercise, diet, lifestyle, and attitudes. This is not a diet program. Rather, teens are given personalized support by a multidisciplinary team to achieve both short and long-term goals.

How It Works

The CHANGE Program consists of a 12 week session. Each week, teens attend 2 one-hour group sessions at Adelphi University where they are guided through different exercise routines. There will be two group nutrition meetings after two different exercise sessions during the course of the 12 weeks. Siblings and friends are not allowed at the sessions.

Upon registering, and before the first session, teens are evaluated by one of the CHANGE Program’s physicians. Clearance for physical exercise will be given by one of our Pediatric Cardiologists.