Congratulations on making this important decision to help your child live a healthy lifestyle.  This page is intended to provide additional resources for your child’s continued success at home.

We recommend that all young weight controllers who leave Wellspring’s programs seek out supportive structures to help them bridge the gap between the immersion they experienced at Wellspring and the real world – and, more generally, to maintain long-term focus.

These structures should be both external and internal:

Internal Structures
These internal standards include stringent goals for activity levels, eating control, and systematic focusing on the process. Often healthy obsessions in young people require sustained nurturing through additional external supports, including positive role models and others noted below.

Wellspring developed an online Continuing Care program so that alumni (and any interested family members) have the opportunity to log steps, caloric / fat intake, access resources, and continue communication with Behavioral Coaches and friends from camp.  Participation in Continuing Care will greatly increase your child’s chance for success long-term.  Click here to log in.

External Structures
Please seriously consider adding at least one of the following supports as key elements of a long-term plan:

  • Personal Trainers:
    Desirable education – BA degrees in exercise physiology, kinesiology, leisure studies, physical education, or physical therapy + certifications as trainers from such organizations as American College of Sports Medicine and American Council on Exercise.
  • Take Off Pounds Sensibly (; 1-800-932-8677):
    The oldest self-help program for weight controllers in the USA; 10,000 groups, some encourage teens to join; you can start your own group (kit provided), low cost annual dues.
  • Weight Watchers (
    Widely available, relatively inexpensive, provides guidelines and plan design similar to what Wellspring recommends. Not geared for teens, but a useful structure.
  • Cognitive-behavior Therapists:
    Ideally, choose one with experience in weight loss counseling.  Fees may be reimbursed by health insurance.

    • Look up a therapist with Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.  Click here.
    • Or with American Psychological Association. Call 1-800-964-2000.
    • Or try National Association of Social Workers.  Click here.
  • Wellspring Academies
    Year-round weight loss boarding school.  Same renowned approach to fitness and weight loss as camp, but includes academic curriculum.  For ages 11 – 24, available for 6th grade through college (college program has non-academic track as well).  Enrollment available year-round.  Click here to learn more.


How can I control what my child eats? 
Don’t be the food police.  Click here >>

Since my child got home, he won’t do any activities.  What do I do?
Get involved in activities with your child.  Click here >>

We need a Plan for success!  We’re falling into old habits.
Create a behavioral contract.  Click here >>

What’s a recommended next step?
Read expert opinion on the Seven Steps.  Click here >>

This isn’t working like it did at Wellspring Camps. 
Consider Wellspring Academies for more success.  Click here >>


Wellspring Support Groups and Counselors
Currently, we have therapists in Boston, Chicago, New York City, and San Diego who conduct after-care support groups. These are professionally conducted programs (insurance reimbursable) that can help your child to stay focused and committed.


Rob Smith, Ph.D
Waltham, MA
(781) 890-8226


Center for Behavioral Medicine & Sport Psychology
Sue Shrifter-Fialkow, MSW
(312) 751-9610


The Healthy Obsession / Center for Healthy Living
Caryn Marcus, Manager
Pleasantville, NY
(914) 773-7837

Eileen Rosendahl, Ph.D.
Manhasset, NY
(516) 869-8877

Molly Carmel, MSW
Greenwich, CT and New York, NY
(914) 522-8603


University of California – San Diego Medical Center
Department of Psychiatry
Kerri Boutelle, Ph.D
(858) 366-3200