BodyWorks is a community-based healthy lifestyle program designed to help parents and caregivers of teens and preteens improve family eating and physical activity.
BodyWorks provides parents and caregivers with tools and information to help their family make small, specific changes in the way they eat and are physically active. These changes can help maintain a healthy weight.
Research strongly suggests parents play a critical role in shaping the exercise and eating habits of their children. Therefore the primary audience for the BodyWorks program is parents.
The main BodyWorks messages are:
The BodyWorks program uses a train-the-trainer model to train new BodyWorks program leaders. In a 1-day training session, a community member learns how to lead an 8-week program with families and also how to train other community members to be BodyWorks program leaders.
BodyWorks program leaders often work at community-based organizations, state health agencies, non-profit organizations, health clinics, hospitals, and health care systems.
The Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, developed BodyWorks following several years of formative research. The BodyWorks program has been independently evaluated several times.
Content last updated: May 28, 2013.