Modern society sets us up for weight gain, and children and adolescents are not immune-over 30% of children and teens are either overweight or obese. This presentation will address behavioral and environmental strategies you can use to help your child achieve and maintain a healthy weight. You will learn research-supported strategies for promoting healthy eating and physical activity in your family. We will discuss the important role of parents in weight-related health in addition to how to help your children make healthy choices during the transition from childhood to adolescence and emerging adulthood.
Chad D. Jensen, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Brigham Young University. He is a clinical child and adolescent psychologist who designs and evaluates weight control interventions for children, adolescents and families. Dr. Jensen uses his expertise in behavior modification to help families to adopt health-promoting lifestyle behaviors. He has published many treatment evaluation studies and he has particular expertise in helping parents navigate their role as “gatekeepers” of their children’s weight-related health. Dr. Jensen earned his doctoral degree in clinical child psychology at the University of Kansas. He and his wife, Amy, have five daughters.