NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A national health insurance company and the LouisianaAlliance of Boys & Girls Clubs are bringing a 12-month program to help obese and overweight children lose weight. The free classes are for families on the company's Medicaid plan in the New Orleans area.

UnitedHealthcare says the program, called Join for Me, gets families involved in lifestyle and behavior changes to help children lose weight.

In the program, an otherwise healthy child and a parent attend 16 weekly group sessions followed by monthly maintenance sessions for up to a year.

Children are taught to keep tabs on what they do, eat and weigh, and to limit screen time to two hours a day and high-calorie, low-nutrition foods to two servings a day.

Parents are taught how to help the children.