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Many complex factors such as genetics and biology, the environment, and individual behaviors can contribute to excess weight.  To understand the unique components for your child, our team will perform a comprehensive assessment and work to develop a personalized, family-based treatment plan based on your child’s needs.

Our Services Include:

Nutrition Services

  • Our dietitian will examine lifestyle, eating habits, and medical issues to help children and adolescents make a healthy change for life. We help families with realistic meal planning and can also offer calorie counting or a meal replacement program for older teenagers.  Free cooking classes are also offered at various times throughout the year.

Physical Activity

  • We will help develop an activity or exercise plan that is tailored to the child and family. It may offer consultation with our exercise specialist for individual and group fitness sessions, personal training in a gym setting, or our award-winning ENERGIZE! program.  Look for our exercise specialist out in the community as she leads free "Fit Families" exercise series monthly for interested families.

Behavior Management

  • Discover obstacles that may be leading to bad habits and learn strategies for managing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Adolescent Bariatric Surgery

  • Our surgical weight loss program is for physically mature adolescents with a BMI of 40 kg/m2 or above who have failed medical weight management. Patients may enter this program at age 17 with surgical interventions taking place at age 18 and beyond. Learn more about adolescent weight loss surgery.

Lipid Management

  • If your child is participating in the Pediatric Weight Management Program, the physicians will manage the cholesterol within the program.
  • If your child is NOT participating in the Pediatric Weight Management Program, then the Pediatric Lipid Program can manage your child's cholesterol.
  • Our lipid disorder speciality physician and dietitian work together to create a personalized treatment plan for children and adolescents who have high levels of lipids (cholesterol, fat) in their blood.

Learn more about our Pediatric Lipid Program.

What to Expect from Your Child's Care:

Note: Schedules may be modified to accommodate individual family/patient needs.

Initial Visit

Your child’s first appointment will include a medical evaluation and dietary evaluation by one of our board certified pediatric weight management physicians or pediatric nurse practitioner.

During this time, we will collect blood samples via a finger-stick to check your child's blood sugar if not already done by your pediatrician. Then, patients will meet with the physician to:

  • Review lab work
  • Address weight related health conditions
  • Review weight management options
  • Older teenagers may also be offered more intensive options such as weight loss meds or bariatric surgery if appropriate and interested
  • Formulate an overall weight management plan

Your family will also be invited to participate in our ENERGIZE! program - a group healthy lifestyle program including fun interactive group education about nutrition, physical activity and health behaviors as well as the opportunity to participate in family fitness activities and learn more about ways to be active. Your visit will last approximately 1 hour with the medical provider.

One and Two Month Visits

This visit includes follow up with dietitian, exercise specialist and/or psychologist if needed to review progress, challenges and to set healthy goals. If needed, we’ll also address common behavioral issues related to excess weight, such as challenges meeting goals, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and emotional eating patterns.

Three Month Visit

Follow up with weight management doctor or nurse practitioner to review overall progress in program and your health and to set healthy goals.

Ongoing Visits (Monthly)

To be determined by health care team and patient. We are here as long as you need our support.

You can schedule an appointment by contacting us directly or through a referral from your child's pediatrician by calling: 919-235-6439.