Kurbo: Your Child’s Personal Health Champion

Put some power in your kid’s corner with Kurbo — a research-backed program that’s been proven to help kids ages 8-18 develop healthier habits and improve their self-esteem.

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“I would recommend Kurbo to everyone I know, because it has had such a big impact on the choices I make. I use what I have learned from Kurbo everyday. It has really changed my life.” — Tyler

Helping kids get healthy and stay healthy.

Proven effective

Over 80% success rate in helping kids achieve and maintain a healthy weight, while improving self-esteem and overall health.

Based on leading research

Kurbo is based on 30 years of research from Stanford and other top universities

Designed for kids

Kurbo is the only program of its kind specifically designed for kids under the age of 18.

Driving lasting change

Kurbo’s experienced coaches provide one-on-one support to help kids stay on track — reinforcing health habits and helping them stick for life.

Success with Kurbo is as easy as 1-2-3.


Our research-backed traffic light system makes it simple for kids to identify the foods that will help them achieve their goals and limit the ones that won’t.


Our easy-to-use mobile app puts proven wellness tools right in your child’s pocket — helping them track food and exercise and monitor their progress.


Our experienced health coaches provide one-on-one support to help kids set goals, overcome obstacles and develop healthy habits that last.

Kurbo is about lifestyle changes, not dieting

Kurbo is the only wellness program that’s been proven effective for kids under the age of 18. That’s because our program focuses on helping kids reach and maintain a healthy weight by changing their lifestyle and food choices — not restricting calories

Our mission is to empower kids with the support and tools they need to make smarter, healthier choices. Coaches will encourage your child to choose small goals each week that reinforce positive everyday behaviors, helping them past speedbumps and celebrating their successes along the way. Each win builds on the last, creating healthy habits for years to come.

This step-by-step approach helps kids feel confident in every aspect of their life: from school and academics to social situations and athletics. Find out if Kurbo is right for your child by taking our quiz:

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“Since starting Kurbo, MacKenzie smiles more, she has a better attitude, and she is just radiant.” — Keiko

One-on-one wellness support

Making lifestyle changes can be hard — that’s why Kurbo uses experienced health coaches to support your child as he or she sets goals and changes bad habits into healthy behaviors that really stick.

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Meet Allison

Coach Allison, a former professional soccer player, is passionate about health, fitness and nutrition. She is an advocate for youth sports and has spent several years working as a youth mentor and coach for children and teens. Allison has a BA from Stanford University.

Allison’s favorites

Green light food: Raspberries
Yellow light food: Salmon
Red light food: Chocolate ice cream
Type of exercise: Soccer & hiking

“Once I found out that I can use Kurbo’s simple, accessible tools to help kids reach their goals, I knew being a coach would allow me to create positive change in these kids’s lives.”

Meet Esther

Coach Esther, a mother of three, is a behavior coach with the Stanford Pediatric Weight Control Program. Esther has helped hundreds of kids manage their weight by making healthier food and exercise choices. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition and Physical Activity from the University of Westminster, London and a BA from Stanford University.

Esther’s favorites

Green light food: Broccoli
Yellow light food: Kashi Heart to Heart Cereal
Red light food: Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Type of exercise: Indoor cycling & dancing

“I love coaching for Kurbo. There’s nothing better than celebrating the success of a child when they’ve really worked hard to improve their healthy eating and increase their exercise.”

Meet Thea

For the past 12 years, Thea has served as the Lead Behavior Coach for the Pediatric Weight Control Program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, where her expertise in this field has helped hundreds of kids, teens, and families lead healthier lifestyles and manage weight. Thea writes about health and weight management on the Kurbo blog. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MPH from San Jose State.

Thea’s favorites

Green light food: Cucumber
Yellow light food: String Cheese
Red light food: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Type of exercise: Yoga and running

“I love my job as a Kurbo coach. It is an honor to work with so many kids, teens and parents who truly inspire me every single day with their commitment and dedication! I think I have the best job in the world.”

Meet Laura

Coach Laura is an avid runner and mom to three daughters! She has a background in behavioral psychology and nutrition and is passionate about helping children and teens live a healthier lifestyle. She has spent many years as a Girl Scout leader and youth mentor working with kids and teens of all ages. Laura has a BS from Salem State University.

Laura’s favorites

Green light food: Salad
Yellow light food: Turkey
Red light food: Strawberry Cream Cupcake
Type of exercise: Running, biking & working out at the gym

Meet Jonathan

Coach Jonathan is studying for a Master’s Degree in Public Health and has spent the last several years as a youth mentor, coach, and health educator working with middle and high school students in his community. Jonathan has a BS in Public Health from Tulane University.

Jonathan’s favorites

Green light food: Snap Peas
Yellow light food: Redfish
Red light food: Pizza
Type of exercise: Rugby, soccer & biking

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Helping kids make healthy a habit.

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Riya & Nandita

“Since I started Kurbo, I’ve lost weight and I feel a lot healthier. I like that it helps me monitor my reds, greens and yellows and portion size too,“ Riya says.

Her mom Nandita adds that “I’m super proud of her. Riya has lost almost eight pounds and this is eight pounds that I didn’t have to work for — it was all her doing and Kurbo.“

Keiko & MacKenzie

“Since I started Kurbo, I’m more active and I exercise for at least an hour a day,” says MacKenzie. “The thing I like most about Kurbo are the coaches — the coaches are very nice and understanding.“

Her mom Keiko has noticed the results too: “She’s just radiant. I do like that Kurbo gives autonomy to MacKenzie, so instead of us nagging, she gets to choose, and I think that’s very effective.”

Stacey & Tyler

Tyler has lowered his BMI by 7% and seen lots of other benefits: “I think Kurbo has been a big help in my life. I feel differently energy-wise, confidence-wise and appearance-wise. I like being to able to choose what I’m having each day — I know what I can and I can’t eat because I know how many red lights I’ve saved up.”

Tyler’s mom Stacey is happy too, adding “Now, dinner time is back to being where we sit and laugh and giggle.”

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