At the first Center for Better Health and Nutrition (CBHN) 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! dietitian
and exercise physiologist to begin developing an individualized plan to improve eating habits and be more physically active. The goal is to help participating children and teens achieve a healthier weight, become more fit and improve other obesity-related health concerns.
Families can also meet with a psychologist to address mental health concerns. The psychologist can also work with families to help them stay motivated and set goals for making lifestyle changes. In addition, a social worker is available to support families and link them to resources to 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 appointment, follow-up visits 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.