Childhood Obesity

About one-third of all American children are obese or overweight, leading to increased health risks, higher health care costs, and decreased parental productivity at work. Obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States – nearly triple the rate from just 30 years ago.1


JOIN for ME 

JOIN for ME is a 12-month community-based lifestyle improvement program for generally healthy children between the ages of 6 and 17 who are overweight or obese. Children and their families attend a series of 16 weekly, one-hour group classes at local Ys, workplace facilities or other community locations. Participants are introduced to evidence-based tools and strategies, as well as incentives to adopt healthier habits that lead to lifelong healthier weight.

The program was developed by the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization and piloted in partnership with the Y of the USA and the YMCA of Greater Providence, R.I., in 2011 and continues to expand to additional markets.  

Success Stories

Meet JOIN for ME participants who share their stories about the program.


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1Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention