Center for Weight and Wellness
Lifespan Weight Loss Services

Lighten Up! Teen Program

Creating Healthy Habits to Last a Lifetime

Lighten Up is designed specifically for moderately to severely overweight teens (ages 15 to 18). We focus on patients’ medical, behavioral, nutritional and exercise needs, and tailor treatment to support each teen’s unique goals.

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Contact the Teen Weight and Wellness Program

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us:

Phone: 401-793-8790

Email: Joanne.Decataldo@lifespan.org

Program available in both Providence and East Greenwich.

Our objective is to help teens achieve a healthy weight and wellness, and develop life-long habits of healthful eating and exercise. Through early intervention, we hope to prevent or reverse development of obesity-related diseases, and help teens feel fit and more self-confident.

Program Highlights

  • Personal visits with a medical provider: A medical provider assesses each patient’s progress and addresses concerns and questions during biweekly appointments.
  • Weekly behavioral group sessions: Group therapy is specifically geared to both the behavioral and educational needs of teens, and to fostering self-esteem in a fun, engaging and interactive setting.
  • Nutrition education and counseling: Our registered dietitian meets with each patient to develop a customized nutrition plan focused on developing healthy eating habits and making smart choices.
  • Exercise education and counseling: An exercise physiologist teaches safe exercise activities that improve physical and mental health in one-on-one sessions.
  • Parent education sessions: Parents meet separately to learn about nutrition, exercise, and behavioral strategies for their teens.

Answers to frequently asked questions about Lighten Up for teen weight loss