Funded by the Baptist Health Foundation, the free Baptist Health Healthy and Active Youth Program (HAYP), addresses the obesity issues in youth, ages 11 to 17. Our multifaceted weight loss program for adolescents 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 has sessions year-round and meets in the Health Management Center at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock for 16 weeks during the fall and spring. Participants meet on Thursday nights from 5:30-7:30 pm, with occasional weekend events. During the summer there is also a 10-week session, meeting on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8 am to 12 pm. Occasionally, the HAYP group will meet at other locations for field trips, which will be communicated in advance.
September 3 — December 17, 2019
Application Deadline — Friday August 16
Orientation — Tuesday August 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Periodic assessments are completed by the youth’s primary care physician or the HAYP medical director.
- Fitness (body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance)
- 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.
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 participate 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 move toward an active, healthy lifestyle.