WeighCool program allows online self-monitoring and manage-
ment of weight by children and teenagers,
with limited background
guidance/support from their healthcare provider or mentor.
An online "school" teaches a child or teen why they become
overweight, what are the health risks, and what are the steps needed to
attain a healthy weight. Tips to avoid unhealthy eating, sedentary behavior,
and emotional eating are also provided.
secure “eCare Area” allows self-monitoring and management
of a child's weight,
guidance. Children set
their goal weights and weight loss rate per week, in conjunction with
provider/mentor input. A software "robot" provides
interactive feedback to the children on their progress. An online community
of several thousand overweight children and adolescents provides social
interaction and peer support by means of
chat rooms, a
community "weigh-in page", and online “weight-loss buddies”.
Minimal Provider/Mentor Time Required
Healthcare providers, PE teachers, personal trainers, counselors,
and other mentors may follow and interactively support their overweight
children online via the secure eCare Area and a personal "eRoom" for each
child. Optional pre-designed message templates and online management tools greatly leverage provider/mentor time, so that only a few minutes per week per child are
actually required from the provider/mentor. Digital photographs of the child and the
provider/mentor can personalize the interactions, if desired.
child may use a specially designed digital scale, called an "eScale"
(wireless model shown at left, cabled version lower right), which connects
to a computer in a school, clinic, or community center, or to the child's home computer. The eScale automatically sends the
child's weight and comments to his/her
weight chart. (The advantage of the eScale is that it renders the child
"electronically accountable", in that the weight value cannot be erroneously
entered or changed). The weight
chart results may be viewed at
anytime (via password) by the child/parents or by the child's healthcare
provider/mentor. The provider/mentor may post support messages in the
child’s secure “eRoom”.
How does the WeighCool program work?
1) A school, clinic, health club, or healthcare practitioner contracts with
WeighCool for use of the
program by their overweight children and adolescents. Free
group trials and block subscriptions are available.
2) A private group is set up on the WeighCool site for the clinic, school, practitioner, etc.
That group's providers/mentors then
register. Next, that group's participating children and teens sign up under
the group name, and select their provider/mentor from a list.
3) Healthy weight education is provided on the WeighCool site. The WeighCool program uses a
“cognitive behavioral” approach. Kids learn the causes of overweight, associated health problems,
motivation techniques, and the steps to attain a healthy weight. The WeighCool program does not prescribe a particular diet or exercise regimen,
and the provider/mentor remains in charge of the patient/client. The
WeighCool program serves as an enhancement to a provider/mentor's weight loss
4) Wireless or cabled eScales are interfaced to computers in the school, clinic, or
community center, or to home computers. The eScale software is web-based, so that no
installation disks are required. Seven (7) days a week technical
assistance is available.
5) Participants receive online support from the thousands of overweight kids
who use the program.
6) A group's real time data and statistics are available (via password) in Excel spread
sheet format, suitable for research studies.
For information or questions email:
, or call 206-448-4414.