Childhood obesity

Welcome to familyPower (Eat-Move-Unplug)!

familyPower is here for you every step of the way, helping your family move into action. It’s all about making healthy choices together to build a happier, healthier, stronger home. Click here for detailed information about familyPower.

So if you’re ready, let’s get started!

5-2-1-0 better eating, activity and habit family resources:

5 Fruit and vegetables per day
2 hours of screen time
At least 1 hour of play/activity per day
0 sugar-sweetened beverages

Other resource topics:

Grocery shopping
Fruit and vegetable education

Nutrition Services programs

Nutrition Services, comprised of a team of clinic-based dietitians who are registered by the American Dietetic Association and licensed by the State of Minnesota, provides one-to-one nutrition assessment and education, as well as offers classes on selected subjects.

Nutrition Services also serves on numerous multidisciplinary teams to provided the best care for our members. These teams include: diabetes, eating disorders, heart disease and nutrition support services.

Appointments with all dieticians at the HealthPartners clinics can be scheduled by calling the Appointment Center at 952-967-7616.

Fiit Kids (families in it together)

HealthPartners dieticians and pediatric providers have created a four-visit program for grade school children struggling with weight issues. This innovative new program tackles both food and activity. All HealthPartners providers can refer to this program using the Fiit Kids questionnaire.

Diabetes Classes

For more information, call HealthPartners Nutrition Services at 952-967-6708.

Other HealthPartners programs

familyPower sponsored by the Northwest Alliance

To educate families about healthy behaviors, the Northwest Alliance (made up of HealthPartners and Allina Health) created Family Power, a childhood obesity intervention program. This 50-family intervention pilot provides in-person and telephonic health coaching to children and families identified as overweight.

HealthPartners yumPower social movement

HealthPartners yumPower aims to make better eating easy – not just for members and patients, but for the community as a whole. Its message shifts from traditional healthy eating concepts to more accessible messages around eating better - making small changes that have a lasting impact. yumPower has spread the message throughout different corners of the community. From schools to kitchens to restaurants, the impact of this work has been wide-reaching.

HealthPartners yumPower school challenge

The HealthPartners yumPower School Challenge brings fun fruit and veggie tracking, and high-energy Radio Disney dance and music, to Minnesota and Wisconsin elementary schools. Students that participate show an 11% average increase in fruit and veggie intake over the 4-week tracking program.

Children's Hospital community partnership

In an effort to prevent and manage childhood obesity, Children’s Hospital and HealthPartners have teamed up in three Twin Cities neighborhoods: Phillips-Minneapolis, Riverside-Minneapolis and White Bear Lake. The three-year initiative focuses on specific ethnic communities in Minneapolis - Latino in the Phillips neighborhood and Somali in Riverside - and the White Bear Lake community as a whole.

powerUp the Valley sponsored by Lakeview Foundation

powerUp is a community-wide effort to make it easy, fun and popular for kids and families to eat better and be active. St. Croix River Valley parents, schools, health care organizations and the community are partnering with HealthPartners Lakeview in a long-term effort to change behavior and health by creating a healthier environment for kids.

Healthy Homes, Healthy Kids

In two Healthy Homes Healthy Kids studies funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, investigators worked with HealthPartners clinics across the Twin Cities to recruit families. Parent participants received messages from their prdiatrician regarding healthy eating, physical activity, safety and injury prevention. After the well-child visit, parents receive a workbook with goals, tips and action plans and participate in a phone-based program that focuses on either healthy eating and physical activity or safety and injury prevention.

Now Everybody Together

The HealthPartners Research Institute and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, funded by National Institutes of Health, is addressing childhood obesity with a unique approach focusing on parents of preschool children. The Now Everybody Together (NET-WORKS) study recruited 500 preschool kids and their parent or caregiver. Similar to Healthy Homes, Healthy Kids, primary care physicians in pediatric and family practice clinics talk with parents about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity for the child.

yumPower Kids

Explore more healthy resources at the yumPower kids’ site

HealthPartners yumPower

More HealthPartners yumPower resources to share with families:

  • For creative recipes, educational videos and more, visit
  • Find deals on affordable and tasty eating on the healthy discounts page
  • Download the HealthPartners yumPower iPhone app in the Apple app store
  • Get better-for-you text message and alerts – text yum to 77199

Lakeview Health PowerUp

Find other available tools at the Lakeview Health PowerUp site

Other Online Resources

Families are a source of information and modeling for kids, and play an important role in prevention and treatment of childhood obesity and chronic disease. Explore more health resources to share with families at

Additional information on childhood obesity is available at MNAAP

HealthPartners has committed to better-for-you eating through a variety of resources. Check out their recipes below and learn more about we help our patients, members, and communities stay healthy.