Weight Management Programs
Overweight or obese children and their families who find it hard to establish healthy habits on their own may benefit from a weight management program. Goal setting, accountability by monitoring progress and specialized guidance are components of a more structured program and provide the added support some need to make healthy, long lasting changes.
Many of the following community groups offer free or low cost nutrition or fitness classes. Compile a list of those offered in your area as a resource to guide patients.
- Family community centers
- Senior centers
- Parks and recreation departments
- Local colleges
- Grocery stores
- After school programs
Patients should always consult their healthcare providers before starting any weight loss program.
Programs that are more extensive can range from meeting with a nutritionist to seeking a multidisciplinary healthcare team at a weight control center.
- Pediatric Weight Loss Management Program
Doctors and registered dietitians designed the Penn State Children’s Hospital Pediatric Weight Loss Management Program to meet the specific needs of overweight children. Experts help children ages 15 months to 21 years to reach their weight loss goals.
- Fit, Trim and Slim Weight Management Program
The Weight Management Program (adult weight loss program) at Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute helps individuals identify factors of weight gain and develop strategies to lose weight. Noted experts in the fields of behavioral modification, nutrition and exercise will develop strategies for losing weight and keeping it off.
- Penn State Hershey Surgical Weight Loss
The comprehensive surgical weight loss program at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center was started in 1979. The program continues to offer comprehensive weight management services including: nutritional counseling, medical evaluation, psychiatric evaluation, and weight loss surgery (sometimes called stomach stapling or bariatric surgery) for patients with clinically severe obesity.