Medical Assessment and Monitoring
A physician and a registered dietician conduct a detailed intake evaluation with appropriate medical screenings for health issues common to obesity. Assessments and behavior modification plans continue periodically. We counsel based on motivational interviewing, where the family and patient take part in goal setting for their therapy. If medical conditions are suspected, our pediatric subspecialists provide consultation as needed.
Nutritional counseling is a major part of our plan of action. Helping patients and their families understand the importance of healthy eating and the effects of food on their health can motivate them to make better food choices throughout their lives. We start by having most patients meet monthly for six months with our registered dietitians. Together, they review the patient’s diet, analyze nutrient intake and develop an individualized eating plan. We work with the family to provide education on meal planning, label reading, food choices and recipe modifications.
Fitness That Fits You
We also work to improve the patient’s overall fitness level and calorie-burning activity through our Fit Kids for Life program. This 10-week program helps educate children ages 8 to 17, who are at risk for cardiovascular disease, about making healthy lifestyle choices that impact their overall health. It is designed for children who have chronic diseases such as cardiovasular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus and have associated comorbidities.
Like most successful pediatric lifestyle modification programs, this one requires parental participation and support. The program meets twice weekly at Ward Melville High School and includes: how to make gradual changes in eating and lifestyle habits, safe aerobic exercise and strength training, nutrition counseling, dietary assessments and food demonstrations. Participants need a referral from their primary pediatrician or school nurse, and must have an initial physical examination and assessment before being accepted into the program. The next program begins on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket. To learn more, call (631) 444-2730.
Behavior Modification and Support
For concerning disordered eating behaviors, access to psychological assistance and support is offered through the Krasner Psychological Center. The staff assesses the patient and family’s readiness to change, and offers individual and group sessions that support behavior and lifestyle modifications.
Stony Brook offers a safe and effective bariatric surgical option for ages 12 and older that can be tailored to their individual weight loss strategy. Led by board-certified physicians who are leaders in Bariatric, Foregut and Advanced GI surgery, and supported by an expert multidisciplinary team, the bariatric program is accredited at the highest level by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) to work with adolescents as well as adults. A safe and effective option, 99 percent of the procedures are performed laparoscopically. We are ranked among the top centers nationally for bariatric surgery patient outcomes reported to the MBSAQIP. To learn more, visit bariatrics.stonybrookmedicine.edu or call (631) 444-2274.