Children’s Activity and Responsible Eating Program of Durham Region
CARE is Durham’s first medically supervised childhood weight management program.
The CARE program of Durham Region strives to prevent chronic disease and support healthy living for overweight and obese children. CARE will assess children and youth to 18 years of age with a body mass index >85% per the World Health Organization (WHO) BMI for age. By teaching children and families about responsible eating and active living, CARE hopes to empower children and their families with the knowledge they require to make healthier food choices, participate in regular physical activity and change the future health of the next generation.
The CARE Program offers:
1. Medical and nutritional assessment by Pediatrician and Registered Dietitian
2. Monthly family group education sessions on healthy eating and living.
3. Local group grocery tours offered by community Dietitians.
4. Group programming for children; facilitated by Registered Dietitians and fitness instructors that integrates 30 minutes of nutrition education and 60 minutes of physical activity. Children are invited to participate once or twice per week.
5. Opportunity for individualized programs will be offered if group programming is not
appropriate due to distance, child comfort level, medical status, or cost etc.
Goals of The CARE Program:
1. Improve knowledge and skills in healthy eating and living
2. Increase physical activity
3. Enhance social skills
4. Educate parents and caregivers to encourage their child’s participation in physical activity and to influence healthier eating behaviours.
5. Enhancement of self-confidence and self esteem
6. Improve overall health
7. Promote and protect health and help families find balance in their lives
Why Choose a Registered Dietitian:
A Registered Dietitian (RD) will use knowledge and skills in food and nutrition to promote health and wellness.
A Registered Dietitian is a health care professional who has earned a university degree specializing in food and nutrition and has completed a dietetic internship or equivalent practical training.
A Dietitian must be registered with Provincial Regulatory Bodies. A Registered Dietitian is a professional who uses the title “Registered Dietitian” (RD) which is protected by law.
Dietitians are accountable to provincial regulatory bodies for their professional conduct and the care they provide. For more information, contact the College Of Dietitians of Ontario.
Registered Dietitian Services may be covered by Extended Health Care Plans. Services are fully tax deductible in the Province of Ontario.
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