The Pediatric Weight Loss Program is part of the Penn State Hershey Diabetes and Obesity Institute. We offer a multi-disciplinary weight management program designed by a physician and registered dietitian to meet the specific needs of overweight children and teens. We see children as young as 15 months up through 21 years old. Our program focuses on changing the behaviors relating to food and exercise for the whole family. We build a staged program that gently reduces portion size and increases activity while reducing screen time (TV, video game and computer) and decreasing sugary drink consumption. An initial history and physical exam is performed to screen for diseases related to obesity. These help us discuss individualized health risks for your child.
We have partnered with the Penn State Hershey Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion in several projects to help spread the word on simple ways to eat healthier and be more active. Check out their nrgBalance 12345!