Adults are not the only ones who suffer from weight problems in today's fast-paced world. A growing number of children and teens are heavier than the recommended weight for their age. Unlike adults who can restrict calories to lose weight, children’s bodies are different as they are still growing and need specific nutritional support.
The Sutter Children's Center at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento provides a medically sound, nutritionally balanced approach to weight management that’s customized for each child. Patients referred to the Pediatric Healthy Lifestyles Program receive a medical assessment before being put on any weight control or exercise program. Once fitness level and physical conditions have been established, a pediatric dietitian works individually with each child to provide a program that balances nutritional needs with a sensible weight management plan.
Children and their families are then invited to participate in a six-week group behavioral management program, which includes food and nutrition activities with a pediatric dietitian. Play activities with an exercise physiologist and emotional and social support with a pediatric clinical social worker are also included. Ongoing follow-up support and encouragement is available through a mentoring program co-sponsored by our community partners.
For more information about the Pediatric Healthy Lifestyles Program, call (916) 262-9132.