KidShape is designed for children, ages 6 to 12, who are overweight or wish to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Because the program is family-based, children will need the assistance of a parent or guardian throughout their participation.


  • Cooking demonstrations to illustrate nutrition teaching points
  • Importance of the family meal
  • Breakfast consumption
  • Utilizing plate method for meal planning
  • Fiber and whole grains
  • Importance of fruits and vegetable
  • Importance of eating real foods vs. “fake” foods, with an emphasis on eating seasonally, locally and economically.
  • Label reading
  • Healthy drinks, focus on water and sugar content of sweetened beverages and fruit juice
  • Importance of decreasing sodium
  • Consistent with 2010 United States Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines

Physical Activity:

  • Practical tips to increase daily physical activity at school and at home
  • Focus on activities that promote self-efficacy
  • Practical tips for reducing screen time
  • Importance of sleep
  • Core training
  • Strength training

Cognitive Behavior:

  • Mindful eating lessons to help participants to become more aware of the choices they are making with food and physical activity
  • Power of positive thinking
  • Contracting
  • Stimulus control
  • Positive reinforcement – integrating incentive programs for both parents and youth to help maintain motivation.
  • Positive role modeling
  • Stress management
  • Contingency management
  • Goal setting
  • Self-monitoring with the KidShape on-line tracking