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The Weight Management Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado

What is the Weight Management Program?

The weight management program, Lifestyle Medicine, provides multidisciplinary treatment options for obese or overweight infants, toddlers, school-age children and adolescents. We conduct a comprehensive medical assessment and provide treatment for:

  • Infants or preschoolers with excessive weight gain and rapidly increasing weight/length or Body Mass Index (BMI)*
  • Obese children and teens (BMI above the 99th percentile)

*You can obtain BMI information from your child’s primary care doctor or through the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s BMI calculator. The CDC also provides helpful information about assessing BMI in children

Our treatment options focus on helping families to negotiate change and build skills in the areas of diet, activity and behavior –from interactive goal-setting to structured meal planning. Referrals may be made to the sleep clinic, physical therapy and other subspecialties as indicated. 

Why choose the Lifestyle Medicine Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado?

At Children’s Colorado, we understand that every child is different and has different needs. As a result, we take an individualized family-centered with every patient and family. Our team of experts will talk with you and your child about the best way to make healthy choices. You will decide together on healthy goals, including changes in eating, activities, sleep and behavior.

You may work with a variety of specialists, including 
  • A medical provider (doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) to talk about health problems 
  • A dietitian to guide eating behaviors 
  • An activity specialist to help your child find their strengths in activity 
  • A psychologist to assist with weight and eating behaviors

What to expect from the Lifestyle Medicine Program?

Our providers work to collaboratively set up a plan for weight management with your family. This could include individual visits with the dietitian, exercise classes and group classes.

  • Lifestyle Medicine Program Class: This is the initial visit for our program and currently is available at our Anschutz Campus. This is a group visit, for all new patients entering into our Lifestyle Medicine Program. This class will provide an overview of our weight management program and also initiate education and goal setting.
  • Medical evaluation: 
    This medical evaluation could be related to concerns from your primary care doctor or concerns that you have as a parent. Your child’s first visit will be with a medical provider (Physician, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner). This visit will last approximately one hour, and will assess your child’s health related to their weight gain. You will need to bring copies of recent labs and growth charts to ensure a complete evaluation. You may also be asked to have your child obtain labs on the day of the visit. This service is offered at the Children’s Hospital Anschutz Medical Campus and our Parker location.

    Children with medical complications might visit with one of our subspecialists in a specialty clinic.

  • Lifestyle evaluation and assessment: 
    During your visit, your child will meet with a dietitian and sometimes an exercise physiologist to discuss eating, activity, motivation and goal setting. This visit will last 1 to 2 hours and your child should wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.

  • Weight management plan: 
    Our team will help your family to set up your ongoing plan. This might include: 
    • Groups
      • Family Weight and Wellness Group (4 week group)
      • Exercise Classes (open gym concept, daily and free)
      • Shapedown Program (10 week program)
      • Dietitian visits
    • Individual
      • Medical Assessments - depending on medical complexities will occur 2 - 4 times in one year.
      • Nutrition
      • Fitness Training
      • Weight Management Pediatric Psychologist