Children's Hospital Primary Care Center (CHPCC) | Patient Resources

ACE FitFacts are concise, one-page information sheets - more than 100 in all - each covering a different health or fitness topic by the American Council on Exercise.


American Dietetic Association is the nation's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.


Bam! Body and Mind: Food & Nutrition is the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) website for kids on food and nutrition.

Bam! Body and Mind: Physical Activity is the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) website for kids on physical activity.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Overweight and Obesity
provides important facts about obesity in children.


Food and Nutrition Information Center, created by the United States Department of Agriculture, provides nutrition resources for health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers.


Fruits & Veggies More Matters is the Produce for Better Health Foundation's website for kids about the importance of healthy eating.

kids health

KidsHealth for kids: Nutrition & Fitness Center is full of information on nutrition and exercise written for kids.

KidsHealth for parents: Your Child's Weight has information on childhood obesity written for parents. is run by the US Department of Agriculture and is designed specifically for children aged 6 to 11.

shape up

99 Tips for Family Fitness offers parents and children ways to get physically fit.

Nutrition Explorations: Kids is the National Dairy Council's website full of interactive games and info on how kids can make healthy choices.

TeensHealth: Nutrition & Fitness Center has answers and advice for teens on general nutrition, dieting and weight, special dietary needs and more.


Tiny Tummies has recipes, educational materials, etc. to help parents raise enthusiastic eaters.

osahipThe One Step Ahead Program at Boston Children's Hospital has created the TLC (Targeting Lifestyle Change) Program to support children and parents as they make healthy lifestyle changes.

TLC, launched in Spring 2007 by psychologist Laura Edwards-Leeper, PhD, is an eight-week-long, after school program where we work on helping children feel good about themselves and their bodies, assist the entire family in making healthy lifestyle goals and long-term changes, and provide support and guidance for parents.

Children and parents can be referred to TLC through OSA or directly from their Boston Children's Hospital Primary Care Center (BCHPCC) provider.

For children

During the sessions, children work on making positive, health-related goals, building self-esteem and learning how to cope with issues like teasing.

Our sessions include:

  • self-esteem
  • body image/size acceptance
  • teasing
  • culture and food
  • emotional eating
  • media exposure
  • challenges in making lifestyle changes

The children also participate in different physical activities such as karate, Hip-hop dance and yoga. The goal of the physical activity is to introduce them to physical activity options they may not know about and get them up and moving.

For parents

TLC is also for parents of children in the program. We provide parents with general parenting guidance, educate them on how to help their children cope with weight issues, such as teasing, and teach them about nutrition.

The parent group is designed to encourage parents to support each other by sharing challenges and successes as they work toward making healthy lifestyle changes in their families. We encourage parents to play an active role in helping their children, and entire family, meet healthy lifestyle goals.

More information

For more information, please contact:

  1. Laura Edwards-Leeper, TLC Program Developer, at 617-355-0580
  2. Alison Cella-Mowatt, OSA Program Assistant and Activities Coordinator, at 617-355-0992

Ideas For Healthful Eating

Try some of these healthful snacks:

celery with peanut butter


fruit, such as bananas, strawberries, oranges, apples




hummus with pita bread


cheese and crackers


half a healthy sandwich




yogurt with granola

fruit salad

fruit salad


granola bar


low fat milk or soy milk




trail mix

Fruit Smoothie



  • 1 quart strawberries
  • 1 banana in pieces
  • 2 peaches
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 2 cups ice


In a blender combine fruit and blend until pureed. Add milk and ice and blend to desired texture.

Edible Face



  • 1 ounce cheddar cheese
  • 8 thin wheat crackers
  • 2 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ? cup shredded carrot
  • 1 orange, peeled and in sections


Cut cheese into shapes (squares, circles, triangles). Place cheese and tomato on crackers. Use these items along with the carrot and orange to make the face complete with eyes, nose, ears and hair!




  • 1 large red delicious apple
  • 2 tablespoons of seedless raisins
  • 2 teaspoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar


Core the apple, slice into at least 8 slices. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on one side of an apple slice. Sprint with a few raisins, and then top with another apple slice. Sprinkle the top of your sandooodle with a little cinnamon sugar.

Yogurt Parfait



  • 2 cups low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup granola, Grapenuts, or Honey Bunches of Oats
  • 8 blackberries

Directions: In a large glass layer 1 cup yogurt, ? c granola, and 4 blackberries, repeat layers 

Health recipes