Community Health Programs

Pediatric Healthy Weight Clinic

Whittier’s Race around Roxbury is an exercise program targeted at overweight and at risk adolescents and is tied to Whittier’s Pediatric Healthy Weight Clinic. Race Around Roxbury runs throughout the year and youth can sign up at any point in the program. It is an after school nutrition, education and fitness intervention designed for children from age 6 to 18. This after-school program meets all year long and the youth are encouraged to participate at any time during the year. Our pediatricians refers Whittier pediatric patients with BMI in the 85% percentile and higher to the program. The program engages these patients in fitness activities and workshops designed to educate young patients on healthy snacking, fun physical activities, and the basics of lifelong healthy eating and behaviors. During the summer vacation, Race Around Roxbury is expanded to include an all day Summer Camp.

The Pediatric Healthy Weight Clinic is an obesity prevention and management program in the primary care setting.  The clinic is staffed by a nutritionist, a case manager, and pediatric provider.  The goal of the program is to teach children and their families how to develop healthy lifestyle habits regarding physical activity and nutrition.

We accomplish this by:

  • Providing nutrition education.
  • Assisting families in developing culturally-sensitive dietary substitutions.
  • Connecting families to physical activity resources in the community.
  • Providing medical evaluations for obesity co-morbidities.
  • Offering case management services for social support.

For more information, please call (617) 989 – 3194 or (617) 989 – 3179.