Center for Youth Wellness

The Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) at Floating Hospital for Children offers fun and interactive wellness programs to help children and adolescents maintain a healthy weight. Our team and resources provide the support many young people need when they make the decision to eat healthier and become more physically active.

What We Do

In a unique group setting, 11 to 18-year-olds learn how a balanced lifestyle can lead to improved health, weight and self-confidence. Younger children (birth to age 10) and their parents benefit from individual and family nutrition counseling to assist in learning and practicing lifelong healthy habits. Caregivers and expectant parents can attend age-specific nutrition education workshops.

Learn more about our Services and Workshops.

The CYW team is made up of compassionate and experienced specialists (doctors, behaviorists and registered dietitians). Our mission is to provide nonjudgmental, enjoyable, affordable and effective multi-disciplinary preventative care and treatment to empower youth and families — within the hospital and the community — to embrace healthy eating and physical activity habits.

We promote eating balanced meals and snacks throughout the day without being overly restrictive. Each child or adolescent determines the specific dietary changes that are most relevant and important to him or her.

Our Unique Adolescent Weight Management Approach

The Center for Youth Wellness offers in-depth assessments, a 10-week structured group program for youth, education and support for parents, and open communication between clinicians and the adolescent’s primary care doctor. Please note that our center does not provide evaluations for surgical treatment of obesity in adolescents.

The CYW program has two parts: a comprehensive two-visit assessment and, for those eligible, a 10-week structured group program. Find out more about our Adolescent Weight Management Program.

Now in Brockton, Woburn, MetroWest, Lowell & Boston

10-week after-school teen programs at the Old Colony YMCA in Brockton on Tuesdays 3:30-5:30 pm, North Suburban YMCA in Woburn on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 pm, MetroWest YMCA on Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 pm, the Greater Lowell Family YMCA on Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 pm and the Wang YMCA of Chinatown on Fridays 3:30-5:30 pm. To learn more, call 617-636-3381.

What Teens are Saying

"This program was a great success. I was able to learn something that actually worked. I noticed that I was losing pounds. I was able to meet people with the same problem as me and we were able to help one another out. I'm glad I joined the program. I truly recommend it." —GNC

Visit the Patient Testimonials page to hear
what other teens are saying!


Floating Hospital for Children patients playing at the Chinatown YMCA.

Giving your teenager support for healthy decision making.

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A patient of the Center for Youth Wellness at Floating Hospital for Children working out at the Chinatown YMCA.

Boston Globe: Tufts MC and Wang YMCA offer weight and wellness program for teens.

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Jill Gordon, MA, RD, LDN is a Clinical Dietitian at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.

Clinical Dietitian Jill Gordon, MA, RD, LDN, discusses the Center for Youth Wellness’ healthy lifestyle program on Brockton Community Access.

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The Center for Youth Wellness at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston, offers fun and interactive wellness programs to help children and adolescents maintain a healthy weight.

Tips for talking to your kids about their weight

Experts in the Center for Youth Wellness share advice for parents addressing the subject of becoming healthier with their children.

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Center for Youth Wellness is now in Woburn.