Healthy Living, Happy Living Program

Healthy Living, Happy Living / Vida Sana, Vida Feliz is an after-school, family-based obesity program funded by multiple local philanthropic partners and the Children’s Medical Center Foundation. The highly ambitious and productive program has been featured on the cover of the March 2009 edition of Texas Medicine.

The innovative program, offered in both English and Spanish, incorporates the four key components of successful obesity interventions:

  • Physical education/activity
  • Nutrition
  • Mental health/behavior change
  • Family involvement

The 10-week program targets overweight and obese children aged 6 to 11 years old and their parents/guardians, and focuses on providing tools for families to empower them to make healthy changes.

Since beginning in January 2009, many children and their parents/guardians have completed the program with promising results. With continued funding and support, Dr. Pont and his team plan to expand the program to include more participants and activities in the near future.

To participate, the program requires:

  • Patients who are aged 6-11 years old and are overweight or obese (body mass index (BMI) ≥ 85th percentile). Your doctor can tell you if your child meets this requirement.
  • Clearance from your doctor.
    Your doctor must refer you to this program. A 2-page pre-participation form must be completed and returned to our office. Parents/Guardians must complete page 1, and your doctor must review and complete page 2 and sign page 1 and 2. Please fax the completed form to: (512) 406-6520, or mail to:

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
Carmen Torres
Patient Access Representative II
4900 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723
Phone: (512) 324-9999, ext. 86437
Fax: (512) 406-6520

Once we have received the form, we will contact you to confirm participation. Please note that we have a limited number of spots in the program, so if the current session is full, we’ll put you on the priority list for future sessions.

  • Commitment to attend all sessions.
    The program consists of 10 sessions. We require commitment from the student and the parent/guardian to attend all sessions. Please do not register for the program if you cannot attend all 10 sessions.