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

Please note while all sessions are postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are pleased to share a series of recipe videos by course co-director Isabel Reckson, MPH, CDE, RD.  Check out her kid-friendly snack and meal ideas below! 

Easy Lemon Squeezy Salad

Roasted Chickpeas

Frozen Peanut Butter and Banana Bites

Salmon, Brown Rice, and Veggies

Quick and Simple Oatmeal


The Weill Cornell Kids and Teens Healthy Weight Program, 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. Family members and caretakers are encouraged to attend with their children. We strive to make 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.  

Classes are held at the Helmsley Medical Tower building at 505 East 70th Street on the 3rd floor.

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 own personal recommendations while exploring technology, community resources, and the principles of healthy weight management. 

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. A professional chef will demonstrate cooking tools and techniques to achieve these goals.

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.

Session 4: Restaurant Dining and Fast Foods:
This session is designed to teach children, teens, and families how to eat healthy while dining 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!

Session 5: Children and Exercise Recommendations:
This session focuses on physical activity recommendations and health benefits. An exercise specialist will discuss and demonstrate age-appropriate exercises. We will help your child/teen develop a realistic, individualized exercise plan.

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. A professional chef will provide creative snack ideas.

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

How to Register

Note: As of Spring 2020, all in-person sessions have been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Advance registration is required! Prior to enrollment, all child/teen participants must have an appointment scheduled with one of our Pediatric Endocrinology physicians at Weill Cornell Medicine for an initial screening visit at our practice. The Kids and Teens Healthy Weight Program sessions are FREE of charge. Note: Regular office visit charges apply for this initial screening visit.



Phone: 646-962-3442 (select option 3) to speak with Katherine Bardhoshi.

Registration Deadline: In-person classes have been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Space is limited! All sessions are first come, first serve.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.



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