Healthy Weight and Your Child Program 
Empowering Families to Live Healthier

Healthy Weight and Your Child (HWYC) is an evidence-based program for children with obesity. Evidence shows that child weight-management programs are more effective when the whole family is involved and committed to adopting healthier habits. For this reason, the program is designed so that parent/caregiver attendance is required at every session. HWYC is open to both YMCA members and non-members. 


  • Child must be 7-13 years old
  • Child must carry excess weight, with a body mass index in the 95th percentile or higher
  • Child must receive clearance from a healthcare provider or school nurse to participate in the program
  • Parent/Caregiver MUST attend all sessions

How it works
The 4-month program includes a Family Enrollment Session and 25 sessions. Participants meet twice a week for the first 10 weeks. Afterward, participants meet once a week for five weeks. Classes are two hours long and are made up of eight to 15 children and their parents/caregivers. Your trained leaders will create a safe, fun and active environment for children and their families to explore and adopt proven methods to living a healthier lifestyle. The curriculum is adapted from the most widely disseminated and extensively evaluated child weight management program in the world. HWYC is open to both YMCA members and non-members

Program Goals

  • Reduction in child’s body mass index and waist circumference
  • Reduction in sedentary behaviors
  • Increased physical activity
  • Healthier eating habits
  • Improved self-esteem

Is there a program fee?
Yes, there is a fee. To learn more about fees, payment plans and financial assistance, please contact Program Director Laura Horne at or 423-805-3361.


To register for the Healthy Weight and Your Child Program, please call 423-805-3361 or email