Children’s BMI Evaluation & Teaching Program Description
We are developing a BMI Calculation Service page, where a parent can enter their child’s BMI information, eating habits, physical activities, sleeping habits, etc. Based on the statistics given by the parent, we will reply with the child’s BMI results and depending on those results, provide specific recommendations drawn from professionally written articles and carefully curated recipes that are already on our website.
Should the parent and child wish to receive more guidance on how to move forward in creating a healthier lifestyle, they can enroll in our Children’s BMI Evaluation and Teaching Program.
This is a six-week diet and exercise program that is tailored to be age specific to each child, and will have 3 age groups (5-9, 10-12, 13-18) as not every exercise and meal program will fit all ages. We will help monitor the child’s progress with weekly updates and tracking throughout the duration of the program.
The exercise portion will have a list of age-appropriate exercises, along with a description of each and a short video with animated characters that look about the same age of their child, demonstrating these different exercises as to teach the correct and safest way to perform them.
To reiterate, this will be age specific – younger children will be given less intensive exercises and/or less repetition targets.
We have carefully curated over 600 healthy, low-calorie recipes that can be found on our website, sourced from the CDC, American Heart Association, and other health-oriented organizations. These recipes range from snacks and dinners to breakfast and dessert. They include ingredients, instructions, and nutritional value.
We will have three separate diet plans, one to fit each age group (5-9, 10-12, 13-18), along with some alternate suggestions.
WEIGHT LOSS – At the end of our 6-week diet/exercise program, if strictly followed, participants will have reduced their body weight by 6-12 lbs. This aligns with the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute’s findings that “weight loss should be about 1 to 2 pounds per week…”
This will be measured by examining the participant’s inputs of their weight at the beginning of the program and at the conclusion of the program, along with their weekly updates of foods they have been eating and the exercises they have been keeping up with.
BMI REDUCTION – This is in direct correlation with the above stated weight-loss outcome and is the key to reducing obesity – our primary goal.
At the end of the 6-week program we will compare each child’s BMI (given by the child) to their initial BMI at the beginning of the program (also given by the child). If the child follows our program, they will effectively reduce their BMI and have quite literally taken charge of their own health management – our secondary goal.
INCREASE IN STAMINA – At the beginning of the program the child will be asked to perform an AEROBIC ENDURANCE TEST – place a box or a step, in front of them and step onto the box with their left foot followed by the right. Step down and then step back up, this time starting with the right foot. Keep alternating feet for 3 minutes and maintain a steady pace. Once the time is up, immediately check pulse. The test will be repeated at the end of the program to compare the results. With adherence to the program, the child will have reduced their pulse rate, therefore increasing their aerobic stamina.
In conclusion, by guiding children onto a path of healthy lifestyle choices their likelihood of developing this debilitating disease will be greatly decreased. They will need to continue these healthy practices on their own, but we believe that by using such a tailored and involved approach, they will be more likely to stay on this path of responsible health management.