Kids and Teens Healthy Weight Program

Clinical Services: Pediatrics
Upper East Side
505 East 70th Street, Helmsley Tower, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10021
(646) 962-3442

The Kids and Teens Healthy Weight Program at Weill Cornell Medicine, developed by a Pediatric Endocrinologist and Registered Dietitian, is a free series of interactive, age-appropriate small group sessions that focus on healthy eating and other important food and nutrition concepts. This spring, we are continuing our program online. Family members and caretakers are encouraged to attend our virtual sessions with their children. We strive to make our remote classes "hands-on" and fun!

Topics include:
- healthy cooking demonstrations
- developing meal plans
- label reading
- fitness and exercise, and
- how to select nutritious foods

Guest speakers such as professional chefs, social workers, and exercise specialists cover the broad spectrum of developing a healthy diet -- essential to growth, development and weight management.

The program is offered by the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Weill Cornell Medicine, affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Children’s Hospital at Weill Cornell Medical Center.  

Registration is now open for our Spring program! All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom from 5pm-6pm. See below for how to enroll! Please register by March 28, 2022.

Session 1: Staying Fit for the Future

This session teaches children, teens, and families about nutritional requirements, focusing on the role of calories, fat, protein, and carbohydrates in health and weight management. Participants will understand their personal needs while exploring technology, community resources, and the principles of healthy weight management.

DATE: Monday, April 11th, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Session 2: Healthy Cooking: An Interactive Approach

During this session, we will learn the basics of healthy cooking and the process of meal planning to create meals and snacks that promote a healthy weight. Our professional chef will demonstrate cooking tools and techniques to achieve these goals.

DATE: Monday, April 25th, 5:00 p.m.

Session 3: Figuring Out Food Labels

This interactive session will teach your child how to read labels and make healthier selections while choosing snacks and meals, as well as during supermarket shopping.

DATE: Monday, May 2nd, 5:00 p.m.

Session 4: Restaurant Dining and Fast Foods

This session is designed to teach children, teens, and families how to eat healthy while eating out or when selecting fast/ convenience foods. We are going to discover the secrets and tricks of making healthier choices while dining out. Bring your favorite takeout restaurant menus!

DATE: Monday, May 9th, 5:00 p.m.

Session 5: Children and Exercise Recommendations

This session focuses on physical activity recommendations and health benefits. Our exercise specialist, James Mitchell, will discuss and demonstrate age-appropriate exercises. We will help your child/teen develop a realistic, individualized exercise plan.

DATE: Monday, May 16th, 5:00 p.m.

Session 6: Healthy Snacks for Children and Teens

Our healthy snacking session will be sure to give you some new ideas about wonderful snacks to pack or keep around the house. We will taste and prepare healthy snacks that are nutrient-dense and delicious.

DATE: Monday, May 23rd, 5:00 p.m.

We strongly encourage our participants to come to every session to get the full benefit of the program. 

How to Enroll:

Register Online by filling out our online form.

The registration deadline is March 28, 2022.

Please note: Zoom links will be emailed to participants in advance of the sessions.

Contact Us


Phone: (646) 962-3442 (select option 3 to speak with Sherly Ortiz).

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Looking for kid-friendly snack and meal ideas?  Check out our recipe video series by Course Co-director Isabel Reckson, MPH, CDE, RD!

Easy Lemon Squeezy Salad

Roasted Chickpeas

Frozen Peanut Butter and Banana Bites

Salmon, Brown Rice, and Veggies

Quick and Simple Oatmeal



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