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Bright Spot: ENERGIZE! Program

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This bright spot was originally published in the 100 Million Healthier Lives Change Library and is brought to you through partnership with 100 Million Healthier Lives and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Overview

Detailed Description

Designed for children age 6-18, ENERGIZE! consists of a family-centered approach to making healthy lifestyle changes in an attempt to prevent weight-related health problems, including type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Patients will receive an initial health behavior evaluation as well as ongoing education and support. Based on need and motivation levels, each family will be enrolled in one of the following options: A community-based, 12-week exercise and educational program that meets three times a week and includes group healthy lifestyle education and fitness programs.

Individual medical nutrition therapy and healthy lifestyle education sessions, including individual meal and fitness plans.


Expected Outcomes

The program has realized the below results:

  • The average BMI of participants either decreased or stayed the same over the course of a year
  • Participants saw an improvement in fasting blood glucose, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, triglyceride, blood pressure measures
  • Participants increased muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility
  • Participants and their caregivers increased physical activity over the course of a year
  • Families decreased their sweetened beverage consumption Families decreased their consumption of high fat snacks

Evidence

Emerging bright spot (emerging evidence)


Cost Details

Variable depending upon the organization

Key Steps for Implementation

For community organizations wanting to start an ENERGIZE! program in your area: Contact Julie Paul, RD, CDE (919-350-7594).

For Individual/families: The program begins with a Physician Referral Form Next, the family meets with an educator for an Individual/family assessment and to evaluate the child's readiness to change.

Other Key Requirements

Physician referral

Partnerships

Contact WakeMed for more information

Types of Staff

Dietitians, Clinicians

Return on Investment Details

ENERGIZE! Is proud to partner with community organizations to provide families with more opportunities to achieve a healthy lifestyle.


Evaluation Strategies and Data Collection Tools

  • BMI Measurements
  • Fasting blood glucose, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, triglyceride, blood pressure measurements

Outcome Measures

  • Improvement in fasting blood glucose, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, triglyceride, blood pressure
  • Increased muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility
  • Decreased sweetened beverage consumption
  • Decreased consumption of high fat snacks

Process Measures

BMI Measurements