Empowering youth and adolescents ages 8-17 to live healthier lives.
WELL Program, which stands for Wellness Education and Lifestyle Learning, will improve the health of our community’s youth by “empowering youth with education and tools to make lifelong healthy lifestyle choices.”
FAQs About the WELL Program
What is the WELL Program? WELL Program is a health coaching program for youth and adolescents.
Who can enroll? Youth ages 8-17 years old who are overweight or referred by their doctor as being at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. At this time, youth and adolescents who are greater than 95th percentile for BMI can participate.
How do I know if my child qualifies?
- Your child can be referred by their doctor or medical provider if the doctor is concerned about their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
- You can refer your own child if they are considered obese, or have a BMI (Body Mass Index) over the 95th percentile
- Calculate BMI at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/bmi/calculator.html or reach out to our team and they can help you!
How do I enroll my child? If your child qualifies, or you need help seeing if your child qualifies, contact our team. Or, you can have your child’s doctor send a request to Hult Center’s team for you.
What if my child is underweight? Your child won’t qualify for this program, but if you would like resources please contact our team and we can help.
What if my child already has type 2 diabetes? Your child won’t qualify for this program, but if you would like resources please contact our team and we can help.
Will parents/caregivers be involved in their health coaching? Our health coaches will mostly work one-on-one with your child, but it’s important for parents and caregivers to be involved, too! We will make a plan to include you in their care plan so that you can also help them be successful in achieving their goals. Parents and caregivers can also participate in our community-wide events that happen throughout the year.
Is there a cost? WELL Program is grant-funded and first come, first serve. Grant funding is limited.
How many times will you meet with my child? Everyone is different, but most youth require between 5 and 12 sessions lasting about 30 minutes each.
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 visiting this link.