Pediatric Weight Management
Welcome to the pediatric weight management clinic at Boys Town National Research Hospital. We are here to help your child and your family reach your personal healthy lifestyle goals. Keeping your family at the center of our care, you'll have access to a comprehensive team of specialists to help guide you every step of the way.
Our multidisciplinary team meets with families monthly to coordinate care and services, including:
- Medical assessment
- Nutrition education and cooking classes
- Age-appropriate fitness classes
- Motivation and support to help everyone meet their goals
Weight Management Clinic Areas of Focus
Physicians and providers assess medical conditions your child may have or may develop due to unhealthy weight, such as diabetes, elevated cholesterol or liver conditions.
Our dietitian will work with your family on healthy eating patterns. We will identify specific nutrition needs and develop a plan to improve food choices with small, attainable goals.
Our physical therapist will work with you to find ways to increase activity levels and improve your family's strength, balance and flexibility, helping to prevent injuries for your child and your family.
Our team of mental health care providers will coordinate with your child and family to break barriers preventing new healthy habits. Creating a plan to identify and change unhealthy habits will help with building stepping stones to a new healthy lifestyle.
Health and weight changes happen over time. The best way to get there is to make subtle changes in diet, exercise and behavior. What may seem like a small change will help put your family on the path to a healthy future. We follow the four principles listed below to help guide real, positive change.
- We make small, realistic changes.
- We meet your family where you are.
- We set realistic goals.
- We build healthy habits, together
For some children, bariatric surgery may be an option. This requires a medical evaluation to determine if the child is a candidate for the procedure. Our pediatric weight management team has a board-certified pediatric surgeon experienced in bariatric surgery, and we collaborate with the Nebraska Medicine Bariatric Center.
Refer a Patient
We accept any patient with a BMI at or above the 95th percentile. Please fax the patient’s demographic information, last office visit note, and any lab results (fasting insulin, fasting lipid profile, Hgb Alc, TSH, CMP/Chem 14 results). We will contact the family to schedule a parent orientation meeting. All new families that live in the Omaha metro are required to attend this orientation meeting to learn about our program prior to making a new patient appointment. If they are a distance patient, we will call to schedule their first visit. Our schedulers make 3 attempts to contact the families. If we are unable to reach them, or they are not interested in the program, we will send you notification.