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First developed in 1996, and continuously improved over the past decade, the Stanford Pediatric Weight Control Program is a six-month, family-based, behavioral, group treatment program designed to promote life-long healthful eating and activity habits for overweight children and their families. The program was designed to translate many of the characteristics of the most successful research treatments for real world settings and diverse populations.  The program is delivered by “Behavior Coaches” to groups of 9-12 families at a time, in weekly sessions over six months.  Parents/guardians and their children or teens meet both together and separately during each group session. The Stanford Pediatric Weight Control Program is available in versions for families with 8-12 year old children (English and culturally-tailored Spanish versions) or 13-15 year old teens (English only). The Program is extremely well received by participating families. More than 400 families have completed the program to date at Stanford Medical School and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. More than 80% of the families completed the full six-month program; an outstanding retention rate! The Program is not designed for large, rapid, short-term weight loss. It promotes weight maintenance up to moderate, clinically significant weight loss, with continued balanced nutrition and healthy growth.  80% of participating children who completed the program reduced their age-, height- and sex-adjusted weights by an average of nearly 10% (and up to 38%). 75% of overweight parents have also lost an average of 5 pounds and as much as 45 pounds in the program.  More information about the ongoing program is available at http://www.pediatricweightcontrol.lpch.org

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