W.E.L.L Program – Youth Diabetes Prevention

Wellness Education & Lifestyle Learning

Program Overview

The WELL Program will work with youth and adolescents between the ages of 8-17 who exhibit a risk for developing Type 2-Diabetes based upon various medical criterion.

Each client that qualifies for the program will be paired with a ‘Health and Wellness Coach’ and undergo a 12 session regiment that is catered to the unique health goals of the client.

The program will look to enhance well-being by equipping clients with tools to adopt sustainable healthy lifestyle choices, improve their nutrition and physical fitness, and curtail their risk for Type 2-Diabetes.


About the WELL Program

Here are some Frequently Asked Question’s (FAQ’s) on the program!

The Wellness Education and Lifestyle Learning (WELL) Program is a health coaching program for youth and adolescents between the ages of 8 & 17 years who are considered to be overweight, obese, or morbidly obese, and at risk for developing Type 2-Diabetes.

Youth and adolescents between the ages of 8 & 17 years who are considered to be overweight, obese, or morbidly obese, and at risk for developing Type 2-Diabetes can qualify for enrollment.

Youth and adolescents who are diagnosed with Type 2-Diabetes CANNOT enroll, as its a preventative program designed to stop the onset of Type 2-Diabetes development.

Your child must exhibit certain biomarkers and risk factors for develop Type 2-Diabetes such as:

  • Considered by a medical professional as being overweight, obese, or morbidly obese. This would then allow you to refer your own child by contacting Hult Center, directly.
  • Display having a Body Mass Index (BMI) score of 26 or greater.
  • Referred by their doctor or medical provider if the doctor is concerned about their risk for developing Type 2-Diabetes.

If the BMI calculator does provide more clarity, reach out to our team and they can help you!

If your child qualifies, or you need help seeing if your child qualifies, contact our team. You can also have your child’s doctor send a request to Hult Center’s team for you.

In order for your child to be qualify for this program they must be considered overweight, obese, or morbidly obese. This means they must display a Body Mass Index (BMI) score of 26 or greater.

If they do not fall under those weight parameters, they will unfortunately not be considered for this program.

However, our team would be happy to help you by providing you with resources or referring you to other community organizations who may be able to assist you further.

The WELL Program is designed to be a preventative intervention before a child develops Type 2-Diabetes.

If your child has already been diagnosed with Type 2-Diabetes, they will unfortunately not qualify for this program.

If you would like additional resources, please reach out and our team can help!

The short answer is no, there is not a deadline. The WELL program will continue to enroll youth and adolescents who qualify for the program, as space allows.

Spots are limited and fill up quickly, so if you believe that your child would benefit and qualify for this program have your medical provider refer your child to our program or contact us as soon as possible to enroll your child.

The Health and Wellness Coaches will work one-on-one with your child to allow them to flourish independently and ensure they have a greater stake in the decision making process as it relates to their health and well-being.

We believe that it is important for parents/caregivers to have an integral role in this journey and act as a support network as part of their child’s care plan and coaching regiment. You will be a primary force in helping your child successfully achieve their goals.

The WELL Program is grant funded and will be first come first serve. Spots are limited and tend to be filled very quickly.

If you believe that your child would benefit and qualify for this program have your medical provider refer your child to our program or contact us as soon as possible to enroll your child.

This will be different and vary between each child. The number of sessions for a child to be considered proficient (displaying essential knowledge, skills, and adoption of healthy behaviors) can range between 5 and 12 sessions.

Each session will vary in time between 30 minutes to an hour. Frequency of sessions will depend on the availability of the client in coordination with the Health and Wellness Coach. Most often, it will be once every month.

This is a tailored approach, so each child’s schedule and process will be dependent on needs/desires displayed.



Funding for WELL Program

Funding for the WELL Program is provided in part by Heart of Illinois United Way, Illinois Department of Public Health, and donations from our generous donors.

You can donate directly to this program by clicking the button.

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