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Services & Specialties

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:

Medical Services

  • Our pediatric obesity medical providers (pediatricians or nurse practitioners) will evaluate the medical, genetic, biological and behavioral causes of weight gain for your child and address each. They also diagnose and treat health conditions associated with excess weight, such as prediabetes, abnormal cholesterol, irregular periods, fatty liver, bone issues and snoring. They devise an overall treatment plan for your child that includes lifestyle changes with support from our dietitians and behavior specialists, and they may also offer weight loss medications and/or bariatric surgery.

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, support self-monitoring techniques, and can also offer a meal replacement program for older teenagers. Free, weekly 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 include a referral to our free four-week, personal training in a gym setting for teens, or our free, award-winning 12-week group fitness and nutrition ENERGIZE! Program

Behavior Management

  • Our behavior specialists will help address obstacles that may be leading to bad habits, including how, when and why we eat. They will also address poor sleep habits, stress and self-esteem. These learning will help families discover strategies for managing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Adolescent Bariatric Surgery

  • Our surgical weight loss program is for adolescents with a BMI of 35 kg/m2 or above. Patients need to be seen in our Medical Weight Management program for at least six to 12 months based on their specific insurance requirements. 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 specialist 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 by one of our board-certified pediatric weight management pediatricians or pediatric nurse practitioners.

During this time, the medical provider will:

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

Your family will also be invited to participate in any of our FREE community-based activities or nutrition programs, including the ENERGIZE! program, personal training program for teens and/or our CookWell EatWell cooking program. Your visit will last approximately one hour with the medical provider.

One and Two Month Visits

After seeing the medical provider for an initial visit, your child will follow up with a dietitian and/or behavior specialist to work on lifestyle changes, review progress and challenges and set healthy goals. 

Three Month Visit

Follow up with weight management doctor or nurse practitioner to continue medical management, review overall progress in the program and child's health and set healthy goals.

Ongoing Visits (Monthly)

Families continue to meet monthly with our team (medical provider, dietitian and/or behavior specialist) working on small lifestyle changes at each visit to build lifelong healthy habits. We see children and adolescents until they are 18 years old and 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.