Childhood obesity information and support
AZ Way to Go
An obesity-prevention website created by the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Obesity Committee to provide resources to clinicians and families in both English and Spanish. Lots of great printable sheets of information and even stickers.
Arizona Nutrition Network
Online games, videos and activities for children (in English and Spanish) with a focus on health and nutrition. Section for parents (also in English and Spanish) provides information on how nutrition and physical activity can help you and your family.
Baylor College of Medicine has a BMI calculator tool that allows you to plug in your child’s age, height (in inches) and weight so you can determine your child’s percentile rank. According to the site, any child ranking above the 85th percentile should be evaluated by a health professional.
Centers for Disease Control
Offers data and statistics, science-based strategies, policy information and national, state and local programs.
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (National Institutes of Health)
WE CAN! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) program offers tips on eating right, getting active, tools, resources and more.
Cardon Children’s Medical Center
Fit Kid Challenge is an online summer program for kids. Sign up and receive healthy tips, recipes, fitness challenges and fun facts. You can even win prizes including a vacation for four to SeaWorld in San Diego.
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix Children’s has teamed up with Kohl’s to offer a free online game with a Rock Band theme called Kids Rock Stars. As you enter your team’s activity time into the website tracking system, it translates into miles and those numbers then turn into band members on a game board. Kids exercise and play their way through milestones to add band players and advance careers, ultimately playing a sold-out rock concert with their six-member band.
KidShape is a nine-week program designed for children ages 6 to 14 and their families. At least one parent or guardian is required to attend each class with the child. Classes teach kids the things they need to know to be healthy. Cost is $425 for two parents/guardians and one child.
RAISING ARIZONA KIDS magazine provides resource directories as a community service and a starting place for your research. We do not independently evaluate nor do we imply endorsement by including particular organizations. If you know of additional resources we should list, please contact us.