About The Program

TEENS+ is a 4-month, family-based lifestyle intervention for teens ages 12 to 16 years who are overweight. The program is offered by Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU and includes weekly, interactive group classes for the teens that cover topics including healthy eating, physical activity, and goal-setting. Parents participate in their own weekly classes too. While participating in the program, teens have access to program's dedicated gym facilities where they will work with personal trainers to improve their physical fitness.

Eligibility

  1. To be eligible to join TEENS+, your teen must:

    • Be between 12-16 years old
    • Have a body mass index (BMI) above the 85th percentile (calculate your teen's BMI percentile using the calucator)
    • Have no medical conditions that directly lead to weight gain or loss
    • Have a primary care physician
  2. Teens must also have a motivated parent/guardian with a BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2 that will participate in the program with them (calculate your BMI using this calculator)

    • Parent must have medical clearance from their health care provider in order to participate in the program
  3. Both the teen and the parent must:

    • Be able to safely perform standard exercise activities
    • Be comfortable participating in group classes and able to understand and follow basic instructions during program sessions
    • Females must not be pregnant
  4. Families must live within a 30-mile radius of the program view map

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q: What will we do in the program?

    • Teens will participate in a weekly group class about lifestyle change with either girls or boys their age; parents will participate in a weekly group about family lifestyle changes with other parents.
    • Teens will exercise at the program gym with personal trainers at least 1 day a week.
    • Parents and teens will complete assessments including body measurements and surveys during the program to track their progress.
    • Teens will have laboratory blood work including screening for diabetes and high cholesterol at the beginning and end of the program.
    • Most TEENS+ activities occur in the afternoon or evening, with the exception of a brief medical visit with one of the programs doctors.
  2. Q: How long is the program?

    • The program is 4-months long, with a follow-up visit 3 months after program completion to see how your family is doing.
  3. Q: What will I receive for participating?

    • You and your teen will receive valuable education and practical ideas about how to improve your health. Your family will also receive $40 for completing the assessment visit at 4 months, and $50 for returning for the assessment visit at 7 months.
  1. Q: How much does it cost to participate?

    • TEENS+ is a free program! All the information, training, and testing that you and your teen receive will be provided free of charge.
    • Participants will be expected to provide their own transportation to and from program activities.
  2. Q: Will I have to take any medications or pills in this program?

    • No. TEENS+ is a lifestyle treatment program, meaning your family will make changes to your eating and physical activity to promote weight loss, improved fitness and overall health - medications will not be used in this study.
  3. Q: How do I sign up?

    • If you are interested in participating in this study, please complete the online eligibility screening. You can also email or call us (804) 527-4756 with questions or for more information.
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