Bringing Active Living and Nutrition into your Childhood Everyday (BALANCE) Program

The BALANCE program is a comprehensive, family centered, interdisciplinary program that provides outpatient intervention and treatment to Northern Ontario children and adolescents battling overweight and obesity.

Adopting a Health at Every Size (HAES) approach, the BALANCE program helps children and families promote health by supporting healthy behaviours.  Instead of focusing on weight loss, the HAES approach focuses on weight neutral outcomes.  Our society’s preoccupation with weight loss and dieting have led to preoccupation with food, distorted body image, reduced self-esteem, eating disorders, weight stigmatization and discrimination.  www.LindaBacon.org

The HAES approach has been associated with statistically and clinically relevant improvements in blood pressure and blood lipids.  It has also been shown to improve sustained health behaviours such as eating habits and activity levels as well as improved psychological outcomes such as self-esteem and body image.

The program includes mental health support for the change process, nutritional education and support, health education and medical support as well as organized physical activity sessions.

Referrals

Anyone can refer someone to the Balance Program - a Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Teacher, Parent, Grandparent, etc. can click HERE to complete our Referral Form.

Please have the child’s height and weight ready to check their percentile for their weight category.  Click on the link below and follow the steps provided.

Body Mass Index for children ages 2-18

To book an appointment, or to see if the child meets our criteria, please call the NEO Kids Pediatric ACU at 705-523-7120 ext. 3508 or 3545.

For more information, please email neokidsinfo@hsnsudbury.ca.

For inquiries regarding the status of your referral, please email neokidsreferrals@hsnsudbury.ca.