Behavioral Health Coaching

The goal of Behavioral Health/Lifestyle Coaching is to empower children/adolescents and their families to effectively cope with stressors in every day life. We educate by: explaining how stressors and other obstacles in every day life can cause individuals and families to make unhealthy choices. We offer healthy alternatives and provide tools for ways to cope with the stress that may not be working for the family unit anymore. Behavioral Health counselors reach these objectives through individual, group and family meetings. Additionally, a Behavioral Health counselor will complete an assessment with each family so that our program can target the individual needs of the child/family to better support their journey to a healthy lifestyle.

Topics we cover are:

  • Emotional Eating
  • Self Esteem/Self Image
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Building effective communication skills
  • Coping skills for stress/Relaxation techniques
  • Anger management skills

How Parents Can Praise Their Kids:

  • Positive Reinforcements
  • Words of encouragement
  • Focus on the effort, not on the outcome
  • Be sincere and specific
  • Point out positives often
  • Quality is more important quantity


The key to healthy living and weight loss is fueling your body with nutrients that will nourish your body. This is done by adding more fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains into your diet while cutting back and eliminating foods that are highly processed as well as high in fat, sugar and salt. A change to healthier eating includes learning about balance, variety, and moderation. You have the power to change your life and create a healthier lifestyle. You are simply one plate away!

Kids in the Kitchen!

Kids in the Kitchen! (KIK) empowers children (ages 3 through 19) to KIK! the bonds of pediatric obesity through youth-centered nutrition education and more.

Children participating in KIK! program attend FOH's obesity prevention programming for three 1.5-hour sessions per week, for 24 weeks. Each session includes a behavioral health, nutrition, and fitness component that is designed to fully engage and empowere the youth we serve to lead a helathier lifestyle. In addition to enjoying three nutrition educationaan session per week, KIK! program participants take part in a weekly cooking demonstration and tasting session. Allsessions are designed to culturally sensitive, age appropriate, 'hands-on,' and most of all, fun! The emphasis that the KIK! program places on providing regular nutrition education/ activities that children can both relate to and learn from is just one more way Faces of HOPE is helping those we serve to create happier futures and more positive health outcomes.

Middle School Girls

The Faces of HOPE Middle School Girls program specifically focus on girls, ages 10-14 with at least one co-morbidity. The girls who are selected to participate in this program will attend three 1 hour and 30-minute sessions per week for 24 weeks, for a total of 108 hours of on-site participation. (Note: This does not include the time the girls will spend at home on their individualized 'take-home' fitness plans). Each on-site session will include a behavioral health, nutrition, and fitness component designed to engage, inform, and empower the girls to lead healthier lifestyles.

Parental attendance is needed, as their child participate in the program. Parents will also meet with providers for 15 minutes per week, to discuss their child's progress. Ultimately, parents will spend a minimum of 78 hours participating in the program, not including the time they spend attending additional, small-group seminars that are focused on teaching parents’ ways they can better support and motivate their child.

But the Middle School Girls Program is designed to engage, inform, and empower these girls by providing nutrition education, fitness coaching, and behavioral support - which helps them with everything from being able to identify and understand the triggers of emotional eating, to gaining control of their lives. Ultimately, the program helps girls and their families to achieve a lifestyle that will help them to have healthier, happier futures.

Topics we cover are:

  • MyPlate: Nutrition 101
  • Portion Control
  • Reading Nutrition Labels
  • Healthy snack
  • The facts on sweetened beverages
  • How to stay healthy on the weekends
  • The truth about fast food
  • Sports and Nutrition
  • Other: topics that will depend on what the nutritionist feels are necessary
    based on the children’s questions and food recalls. We provide weekly
    workshops for children to teach healthy eating habits.


* Little Whisks – ages 3-6

Jr. Aprons – ages 7-10

Master Mixers – ages 11+

In addition to these workshops, our nutritionists work with parents on:

  • Menu planning
  • Budgeting
  • Strategies to involve the whole family in healthier eating

Supermarket Safari

Our Supermarket Safari’s are conducted in partnership with local grocery stores and farmer’s markets to as a fun way to teach our families what to look for when they do their shopping.

Nutrition Tips:

  1. For parents- show by example and offer the same food for everyone.
  2. Balance Calories: find out how many you need for a day! This is the first step in managing your weight.
  3. Avoid over sized portions! use smaller plates, bowls and cups. Practice proper portion control and portion out the foods BEFORE you eat them.
  4. Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables.
  5. Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Soda, sports drinks, juices and sweet tea are high in sugar and calories and contribute to obesity and diabetes. Switching to water is a great and simple way to cut calories.
  6. Read the nutrition labels. Start really learning what you are putting inside your body. Look at the serving size (helps with portion control), ingredients and nutrient information.
  7. Cut back on the processed foods. Cakes, cookies, candies, pizza and fatty meats are high in solid fat, added sugar and salt. You are eating a lot of calories but your body is not getting any nutrients from these foods.

Contact Us:

249, East German School Rd
Richmond, VA, 23224



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