The ShapeUp program is a 12-week nutrition and physical education mentoring program that educates high school, middle school, and elementary school students about healthy eating and physical fitness. The program utilizes a "train the trainer" approach to empower high school students to become role models and health advocates in their communities.
After the Week 1 orientation, teachers, Registered Dietitians, and adult volunteers mentor high school students during weekly nutrition lessons (for 5 weeks). ShapeUp students also participate in weekly physical activity workshops, led by a certified physical trainer. They learn how to use food diaries to keep track of what they eat, how to incorporate MyPlate recommendations into their everyday life, and fun ways to stay active.
During the next 5 weeks, these same high school students mentor younger children at a nearby elementary or middle school. Using the same curriculum, they teach the students what they've learned about nutrition and exercise, reinforcing the lessons and building leadership skills.
The last week of the program is the culmination event, where all of the participating students, teachers, and mentors at each school gather together to celebrate the students' progress and reward them with certificates. Since 2006, over 5,000 students have completed the ShapeUp program.
Research supports our strategy and shows that success is more likely if:
You focus on lifestyle changes that can result in better health.
You help kids take control of their lives, rather than focus on success or failure.
You do not focus on weight loss.
You incorporate teams of people, including: physicians, psychologists, nutritionists, and family members.
Society makes changes in terms of the quantity and quality of food we make available.
People change how they relate to obese people.
Children talk to their parents about their eating habits. Mellin et al., (2002) found that family connectedness mediated the adverse effects of obesity. Children who talked to their parents about their eating habits were less likely to be involved in unhealthy behaviors and displayed less psychosocial distress.
You participate in collective activities, such as sports and club activities, which, in turn, lead to improved social ties.
Hollywood High School 1521 North Highland Ave. Los Angeles, Ca 90028 -The parking lot is on Sunset at Selma Ave. -You will meet in room 503. Classroom entrance is inside the library foyer (up the main front steps).
University High School 11800 Texas Ave. Los Angeles, Ca 90025 -Parking is either available on the street by the gate on Texas closest to Barrington or on Barrington the first lot south of Texas. After school you can park right by the classroom, but sometimes it is very crowded. -You will meet in Room 180. Walk through the building from the north corner near the bungalows in the parking lot and walk downstairs. You will see a gate to the right and trash cans. Look left, and under the walkway and past the two vending machines is the the first classroom, Room 180.
Monroe High School 9229 Haskell Ave. North Hills, Ca 91343 -The entrance to the parking lot is on Haskell Ave. between Nordoff and Tupper St. It is best to arrive early to avoid traffic when school gets out. Dismissal is at 3:05. -The classroom is located next door to the Magnet office (F Hall). Each hall has its letter posted on top of the doors. It should be really easy to find. Wilson High School 4500 N. Multnomah St. Los Angeles, Ca 90032 -Parking will be in the main lot in front of the campus on Multnomah. There is also street parking. -The classroom is in the main building. Proceed into the 300 building up to the 3rd floor. The classroom is room 332