Services: Healthy Weight and Wellness Center

Medical Assessment and Monitoring

A physician and a registered dietician conduct a detailed intake evaluation with appropriate medical screenings, including assessment with full body composition analyzer, 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 sub-specialists provide consultation as needed.

Diet Change

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 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.

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, school nurse, or Healthy Weight and Wellness Center, and must have an initial physical examination and assessment before being accepted into the program.

The 10-week program will be held from 6-8pm on Monday and Wednesday's at Ward Melville High School in the fitness center. All parents are encouraged to participate.

To learn more, call (631) 444-2725

Surgical Intervention

Stony Brook offers safe and effective bariatric surgical options for adolescents who qualify, that can be tailored to their individual weight loss needs. Led by board-certified physicians who are leaders in Bariatric, Foregut and Advanced GI surgery to work with adolescents as well as adults. We are ranked among the top centers nationally for bariatric surgery patient outcomes reported to the MBSAQIP (Metabolic and Bariatric surgery accreditation and QI program). 

Learn more about bariatric surgery options or call (631) 444-BARI (2274).

To make an appointment at our Healthy Weight and Wellness Clinic, call 631-444-KIDS(5437) or (631) 444-2730.