Weight Loss Programs and Surgical Options

Healthy and Active Youth Program

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The free Baptist Health Healthy and Active Youth Program (HAYP), held at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock in the Health Management Center, addresses the obesity issues in youth, ages 11 to 17. Our multifaceted weight loss program for teens includes exercise training, nutritional counseling, behavioral counseling, and medical management. Participants may be referred by physicians, their school nurses or they may self-refer.

HAYP is a year-round program, meeting 16 weeks during the fall and spring semesters on Thursday nights, 5:30-7:30pm, with occasional weekend events; and 10 weeks during the summer, meeting on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8am to Noon. Occasionally, the HAYP group will meet at other locations which will be communicated in advance. 


January 15 — May 7, 2019
Orientation Tuesday January 8 at 5:30 p.m. Application Deadline Friday December 28


June 4 — August 2, 2019
Orientation Tuesday May 28 at 5:30 p.m. Application Deadline Friday May 17


September 3 — December 17, 2019
Orientation Tuesday August 27 at 5:30 p.m. Application Deadline Friday August 16

Periodic Assessments

Periodic assessments are completed by the youth's primary care physician or the HAYP medical director. These include:

  • medical
  • fitness (body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance)
  • nutritional
  • fasting labs

Exercise for Weight Loss

HAYP incorporates all elements of physical fitness including aerobic exercise, agility, resistance training, flexibility and balance. Each session will incorporate two elements: nutrition and fitness. Students receive thoroughly written materials with demonstrations and hands on applications. Participants will be given a fitness tracker to be worn during activities of daily living and physical activity. A daily total of 7,500 steps will be encouraged and tracked. Incentives will be given to those who participate in daily challenges. Upon arrival, students check in, turn in homework, begin warm up and participate in 60 minutes of exercise.

Family Involvement

An emphasis is placed on family involvement: parents, guardians and siblings. Weight management at any age is based on lifestyle intervention and change. Families will be encouraged and expected to participant in family cooking activities, physical activities and homework assessments. It is crucial that parents/guardians discourage over-dependence on computer games and provide food that will motivate the entire family to more toward an active health lifestyle.

If you would like to fill out an application for your teen, click the link here.

Find to learn more about our weight loss program for teens, contact (501) 202-2001, ext 1.

This program is funded by Baptist Health Foundation