Make a Change in Childhood Obesity Rates, Refer to KidShape 2.0 at Exercisabilities

Childhood Obesity

Is a multifaceted problem that needs a multifacted solution.

Be a part of the solution

Did you know that the rate of US youths ages 2 to 19 who were obese rose from 14% in 1999 to 18.5% in 2015 and 2016, with the most significant increase among those ages 2 to 5?   These findings also showed a significantly higher obesity risk among Hispanics and African-Americans, compared with whites.  Obesity is on the rise, and so is the onset of Type II Diabetes (caused by poor lifestyle habits and is directly coorelated to obesity) in children as young as 5 years old.  Our youth are beginning a health decline at a younger and younger age and only a change in lifestyle habits will turn this dismal outlook around.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.  Well, if only it was that easy.  Increasingly busy families are causing parents to put their own health on the back burner.  Lack of sleep, lack of exercise, greater number of jobs sitting at a desk, no time to properly grocery shop, meal plan, or cook…does this sound familiar?  What are these habits leading to?  Unhealthy families and unhealthy children.

Parents serve as the primary role models for their children.  But not only that, parents are the ones caring for the children, and what the parents are eating and what activities the parents are getting or promoting, is also what the children are eating or doing.  The correct approach to turn around the statistics on childhood obesity is to address the problems causing the issues with the entire family.  A well running family results most often in a healthy child.

Exercisabilities is here to help address childhood obesity with the entire family in our new KidShape Program!  KidShape is a comprehensive evidence-based pediatric weight management program for families with children ages 6-12 years of age that is proven to work!  When you need to help a family with an overweight or obese child, we are here to help!

Exercisabilities is Committed to Improving the Health of Olmsted County,

by starting with reducing childhood obesity. KidShape 2.0 includes interactive nutrition activities, with a family cooking program and physical activity education component as well.  It is delivered by a Registered Dietitian and a youth exercise specialist, utilizing the KidShape 2.0 curriculum, which is evidence based and developed by a team of experts which included dietitians, a professional chef, youth exercise experts, teachers, and behavior change psycholotherapists.  KidShape 2.0 includes:

  • Interactive family-based weight management lessons focus on eating healthy, moving more, and feeling good.
  • an initial individualized assessment
  • 6 interactive sessions which include nutrition games and activities, family cooking program, cognitive behavior modification, self-esteem and parenting support, fun physical activities, and more!
  • 8 ongoing monthly meetings with similar format
  • Adult and age appropriate color workbooks
  • Self-monitoring kid-friendly tracking tool

For more information, see our website

Medical, physical, or cognitive disorders welcome!


How to refer a family to KidShape at Exercisabilities

The KidShape 2.0 program, delivered by our registered dietitian, is potentially reimbursable by insurance as group medical nutrition therapy.  It does require a prescription from a qualified medical provider in order to be billed.  If you are not a medical provider, you can have the child schedule a visit with their primary care provider and send a letter to them indicating your recommendations.

Fax the signed prescription with diagnosis indicating the child’s percentile based diagnosis code (overweight or obese) and contact information, along with order specification for :

  •  1 Medical Nutrition Assessment
  • 16 group medical nutrition therapy sessions
  • Length of term- 1 year from start

We will take care of everything from there.  We will contact their insurance company to insure coverage and notify them of any potential out of pocket expense based on this analysis (co-pays or deductibles will apply).

Classes are for groups of 12 children and their families.  Classes are beginning May 2018 and will be rolling from then on.

Fax:  888-624-3107/ Phone:  507-259-7570


2530 Broadway Ave N

Rochester, MN 55906