Behavioral Health Coaching

The goal of Behavioral Health 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. Behavioral Health counselors reach these objectives through individual, group and family meetings.

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 are Cooking!

Kids are Cooking (KAC) empowers children (ages 3 through 19) to kick the bonds of pediatric obesity through youth-centered nutrition education and more.

Children participating in KAC 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, KAC 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 KAC 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.

Specialty Program:

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. 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.

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
  • + so many more


* 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 such as Food Lion and Target as well as Farmer’s Markets as a fun way to teach our families what to look for when they do their shopping.

Contact Us:

249, East German School Rd
Richmond, VA, 23224



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