Pediatric Wellness Program

Pediatric Wellness Program

The Pediatric Wellness Program at South End Community Health Center (SECHC) offers children and their families with comprehensive health and wellness programming, including nutritional counseling, exercise, and case management services.

After-School & Summer Sessions

SECHC seeks to provide all children with access to healthy extracurricular options, regardless of financial background or ability. We provide free after-school and summertime exercise and cooking classes nearly every day of the week throughout the year. These programs are intended to encourage children to adopt healthier lifestyles, make friends, and learn new skills.

SECHC offers 6 consecutive after-school and summer sessions of 7-weeks each. For detailed information about our current session, please click here.

South End Stars

South End Stars is a multi-disciplinary weight-management program for pediatric patients between the ages of 5 and 18 years, who are overweight or obese. The year-long program, with support from Boston Children’s Hospital’s Fitness in the City, is comprised of 5 parts:

  1. An intake appointment to enroll the child in South End Stars, assessing current nutrition, exercise, screen time, and sleep habits.
  2. A scheduled appointment with the nutritionist for weight and nutrition assessment, evaluation, and counseling.
  3. Case management to help families enroll in community-based physical activity and nutrition after-school programs, summer camps, clubs, and events.
  4. Eligibility to participate in weekly South End Stars after-school and summer group medical visits.
  5. Follow-up appointments at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months to measure your child’s progress.

South End Stars After School Group Medical Visits

South End Stars, which is adapted from the Pediatric Obesity Empowerment Model (POEM) at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, provides extra support to children, between the ages of 8 and 13 years, who are struggling with weight-related issues. Children and families meet weekly for 2 hours for a group medical visit, during which they explore different kinds of exercises, establish weekly health goals, plan and carry out empowering health projects, and enjoy a healthy dinner and discussion with out Chief of Pediatrics. For more information about South End Stars After School, please click here.

Contact Us

Pediatric Wellness Program Coordinator
Phone: 857-206-7567