Healthy Outcomes Paediatric Program for Scarborough (HOPPS)

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Getting started | Community partners

Your local hospitals want to be a part of helping children in our community to build the healthiest bodies they can. Together, Rouge Valley Health System and The Scarborough Hospital—working with community partners—are offering a new service for children and adolescents called the Healthy Outcomes Paediatric Program for Scarborough (HOPPS).

This new 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.

Download HOPPS brochure

Download HOPPS referral form


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 bodyweight and related health conditions.

Patients are eligible if they have:

  • Body mass index (BMI) > 97th percentile, or

  • 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 clinic team clinic is a group of many different health professionals, working together with patients and their families. The team includes:

  • A paediatric endocrinologist

  • Paediatricians

  • A registered dietitian

  • An exercise therapist

  • A social worker

  • A registered nurse.


How the program works

Initial consultation — For all patients

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, counselling and follow-up care.

  • Information session: At the initial consultation, the paediatrician will invite patients to an information session on Building Better Bodies. 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, and 13 to 17), 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.


How to get started

To be seen at the HOPPS clinic, you will need a referral from your physician. Referral forms can be faxed to the central booking office at 416-281-7313.

Download HOPPS referral form

If you have questions or would like to learn more about HOPPS, please contact our clinic team at 647-461-7030.


Community partners

In addition to Rouge Valley and The Scarborough Hospital coming together to deliver HOPPS, the program is also provided through collaboration with the following community partners:

  • Scarborough Centre for Healthy Community

  • Toronto District School Board

  • City of Toronto

  • University of Toronto – Scarborough Campus