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At the first Center for Better Health and Nutrition clinical visit, a medical provider will look for the underlying causes of weight gain and review any related health problems. Families will also meet with a HealthWorks dietitianand exercise physiologist to begin developing an individualized plan to improve eating habits and be more physically active. The goal is to help participating youth achieve a healthier weight, become more fit and improve other obesity-related health concerns.
Families can also meet with our child psychologist to address mental health concerns. In addition, the psychologist can work with families to help them stay motivated and set goals for making lifestyle changes. Our social worker is also available to support families and link them to resources that would help address their needs. Meeting with a psychologist or social worker can be arranged at the family’s request or as recommended by a CBHN healthcare provider. These additional services ensure families have access to care that addresses their physical and mental health as well as social needs.
After the initial medical visit, follow-up meetings will be scheduled once every 2 to 3 months. In addition, families can participate in HealthWorks!, CBHN’s weight management program for overweight and obese youth and their families. The HealthWorks! program provides the needed follow-up care and support for families to reach their nutrition and activity goals.
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