Duke Children’s Healthy Lifestyles Program is a comprehensive weight management program for children and teens whose BMI is at or above the 95th percentile for their age. In addition to clinic visits, your family will receive a one-year membership to Bull City Fit, where trained staff will provide fun activities and peer support for the whole family. Helping your child adopt long-term healthy habits and prevent the health concerns associated with obesity is our program’s goal.
Lifestyle Changes in Every Child’s Treatment Plan
The Healthy Lifestyles Clinic's experts in medicine, nutrition, exercise, and behavior will help your family learn valuable and practical ways to eat healthier and become more active. We offer appointments five days a week, 8 am to 5 pm, to allow flexibility in scheduling. We recommend monthly check-ins at the Healthy Lifestyles clinic and at least twice-a-week participation at Bull City Fit. However, everyone has a different situation; we can modify this plan to fit your family’s needs.
Free, Community-Based Wellness Program
Through our partnership with the city of Durham, we operate a free, community-based wellness program called Bull City Fit. Available only to Duke Healthy Lifestyles patients and their families, it provides a variety of fitness and instructional classes six days a week. Opportunities include sports, swimming, dance classes, fitness instruction, cooking classes, gardening, and support groups. This is a unique aspect of our treatment program, and many of our patients say it’s the best part of the program! Bull City Fit is meant for the whole family; you may bring other children as well. Bull City Fit is open Mondays through Thursdays, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.