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Registered dietitians provide individual nutrition counseling and group nutrition education sessions to help each child and teen improve their eating habits. Our dietitians help families set realistic, step-by-step goals that build healthy eating habits, selecting an eating plan that best fits their lifestyle and accounts for their child’s likes and dislikes. Parents and other caregivers play a key role in providing the support and encouragement needed for their child or teen to eat better, improve their health and achieve a healthier weight.
In the group education sessions, parents/caregivers and their children participate in hands-on nutrition activities, including:
Download a copy of the most recent Group Class Schedule (PDF).
The goal of these classes is to expand the variety of healthy foods prepared, served and eaten at home. These sessions will also focus on age-sized portions, plus making healthier choices when eating away from home.
During the first nutrition visit, a registered dietitian will learn about the current eating style of the young person and their family. Then together, the family, young person and dietitian will choose an eating plan that meets their nutrition and family needs. Our proven eating plans adapt to meet the cultural needs of our families.
Eating plans in the HealthWorks! nutrition program are:
To reach and stay at a healthy weight, a young person needs the support of family and caregivers. We include and involve parents and family members in our program as much as possible with the following:
Nutrition Classes offered at Cincinnati Children’s Main Hospital Campus
Location Directions (PDF)
Cooking Classes offered at Cincinnati State Community College
Kick-start your child’s healthy eating habits with tasty meal ideas. Use the links below for great recipes to last you through the week and beyond!
For Karina, coming of age has meant transforming from an overweight child to a healthy teenager. Her mom brought her to Cincinnati Children's when she was 12 to join HealthWorks!, a program that encourages families to make healthy lifestyle changes. It's working. This is the story she shared with dietitian Barb Lattin.
Each 1-hour activity session within the Healthworks! Physical Activity Program includes cardiovascular exercise, strength training, flexibility and active play.
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