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BodyWorks is a program designed to help parents and caregivers of young adolescent girls (ages 9 to 15) improve family eating and activity habits. Using the BodyWorks Toolkit, the program focuses on parents as role models and provides them with hands-on tools to make small, specific behavior changes to prevent obesity and help maintain a healthy weight.

The BodyWorks program uses a train-the-trainer model to distribute the Toolkit through community-based organizations, state health agencies, non-profit organizations, health clinics, hospitals, and health care systems. The program includes one six-hour training module for trainers, and ten 90-minute weekly sessions for parents and caregivers.

The Office on Women's Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed BodyWorks following two years of formative research.

How Can I Become a BodyWorks Trainer?

Bodyworks training sessions are being held throughout the state of Alabama. Locate a Bodyworks training in your area.

How Can My Family Take Part in BodyWorks?

To find upcoming Bodyworks programs in your area, search our database of Bodyworks programs, or find a program leader near you. If you can't locate an upcoming program or a trainer in your area, please keep checking the BodyWorks website, as the OWH plans to bring this program to more communities in the near future.

For more information, please visit BodyWorks or contact the Alabama Department of Public Health Office of Women's Health by phone at (334) 206-5669 or via email.

Page last updated: April 18, 2023