The Healthy Outcomes Paediatric Program for Scarborough (HOPPS) is a partnership between The Scarborough Hospital and Rouge Valley Health System. Working with community partners, the clinic supports young patients and their families in making important lifestyle changes that will lead to improved health, stronger bodies, and a better quality of life.
Who is HOPPS for?
HOPPS has been developed for children and young people between the ages of two and 17, who are facing issues with body weight and related health conditions.
Patients are eligible if they have:
- A body mass index (BMI) > 97th percentile, or
- A BMI > 85th percentile with one or more of the following conditions: pre-diabetes, hypertension, polycystic ovarian syndrome, hyperlipidemia, fatty liver, or sleep apnea.
The HOPPS team
The HOPPS team is a group of many different health professionals working together with patients and their families. The team includes:
- A paediatric endocrinologist
- A registered dietitian
- An exercise therapist
- A social worker
- A registered nurse
How the program works
An initial consultation is held with a paediatrician at Rouge Valley Centenary or The Scarborough Hospital, depending on what location is most convenient. The paediatrician assesses the patient and their family, and discusses their needs and how the HOPPS clinic can help.
Family-centred counselling for patients ages 2 to 6
Younger patients receive family-centred counselling that includes discussions for the whole family around lifestyle changes, healthy eating, physical activity and what supports are available in the community. The frequency and number of weeks of counselling will be based on the needs of the patient and family.
Building Better Bodies program for patients ages 7 to 17
Older patients are able to participate in our two-year Building Better Bodies program, which includes group classes, counseling, and follow-up care.
Information session: At the initial consultation, the paediatrician will invite patients to a Building Better Bodies information session. Patients and their families who are interested in the program can call the HOPPS team to enroll.
Group classes: Once enrolled, patients attend six weeks of group classes, which include fun exercises and physical activity, nutrition counselling, and education on family lifestyle change. Classes are split into two age groups (seven to 12 years, and 13 to 17 years), and are held once a week (Tuesday or Thursday evenings) at local facilities within the community.
Follow-up care: After completing the group classes, patients receive follow-up care to support them in continuing with the lifestyle changes they have learned. This includes both in-clinic and over-the-phone consultations.