Pediatric Weight Management
Pediatric patients in our Weight Management program receive care from a dedicated team of clinical and academic experts that includes registered dietitians, physical therapists, pediatric psychologists, education coordinators, social workers, pediatricians, nurses and nurse practitioners. The Weight Management program is part of Kansas City’s Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition under the leadership of Center Director Ann Davis, PhD, MPH, ABPP. As a partnership among Children’s Mercy Hospital, the University of Kansas Medical Center and other academic institutions, the Center represents an extension of the community’s collaboration in the area of pediatric obesity research.
Weight Management Programs
We create wellness opportunities for individuals 2 years and older to help them achieve and maintain a healthier weight. Our goal is to provide care through a team approach that promotes health in children, teenagers and their families.
Through the Weight Management program, education coordinators participate in community events such as health fairs and conferences for children, adolescents and adults.
Group Weight Management Programs
Our team has created group programs to provide education and hands-on learning for families adopting a healthy lifestyle.
The PHIT Kids Weight Management Program at Children's Mercy Kansas City is nationally recognized for addressing childhood obesity. PHIT Kids Evening group provides specialized education to help families of obese youth 9-18 years old successfully adopt and maintain active, healthy lifestyles.
Education topics include nutrition, physical activity and behavior change. This is our most intensive treatment option and is reserved for motivated families willing to commit to the program.
The program consists of 18 weekly sessions with monthly follow up for a total of two years.
Zoom to Health
Zoom to Health provides nutrition education to parents of overweight and obese children 2-8 years old. This six-week intervention program is designed to control rapid weight gain that can occur during the early childhood period.
Families are served healthy meals, participate in fun physical activities, and children and parents receive age-appropriate education.
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