MEND Program
Shapedown BC

Welcome to the Childhood Obesity Foundation. We are a Canadian registered charity and a leading Canadian authority on issues related to childhood obesity.

In Canada over 30% of children and youth are considered overweight or obese.  The Childhood Obesity Foundation is dedicated to identifying, evaluation and promoting best practices in healthy nutrition and physical activity to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. 

The Childhood Obesity Foundation is extremely proud to be working in partnership with the BC Ministry of Health on the Childhood Healthy Weights Intervention Initiative.  This initiative includes:

  • Expanding the ShapedownBC program, currently offered only at BC Children's Hospital, to now include all BC health authorities over the next two years.  This program will provide medical, nutritional and psychological supports for children aged 6-17 who are above a healthy weight.
  • Introducing a new provincial program in BC, Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It! (MEND) that will provide healthy lifestyle learning and activity sessions for children aged 5-7 and 7-13 who are above a healthy weight.
  • Providing enhanced telehealth supports for families through Dietitian Services at Healthlink BC's 8-1-1 service and the Physical Activity Line's toll-free service.

Many thanks to all our partners in the initiative, including ShapedownBC at BC Children's Hospital, Provincial Health Services Authority, the regional health authorities, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver (YMCA), BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), Dietitian Services at HealthLink BC and the Physical Activity Line, as well as all the stakeholders across BC who are working collaboratively to prevent and manage childhood obesity.

Click here for MEND and Shapedown contact information





February 2015

January 2015

View our the latest M2K webinars posted on our "Articles & Reports" page under "News Room" 

December 2014

Shapedown BC is now being offered in Cantonese and Mandarin!  Contact Amy Chow at 604-233-3150 x 5584

May 2014

We are pleased to share this report on our progress with the CHWII.  Click here for Our Journey, March 2014

MEND is accepting new families! Learn more here

ShapedownBC is accepting referrals! Learn more here

January 2013

Teachers interested in learning more about Screen Smart and receiving free copies of Screen Smart resources should sign up for the Action Schools! BC 5-2-1-0 Workshop.  This workshop is cross-curricular collaboration featuring Action Schools! BC Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, Sip Smart! BC, and Screen Smart resources that support school health promotion messaging of: 5 or more servings of vegetables and fruit; 2 hours of screen time or less; 1 hour or more of physical activity; and 0 sugary drinks per day.  The Screen Smart program is available free of charge on the Screen Smart website here.