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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 sub-specialists provide consultation as needed.

Diet Change
Healthy Food AlternativeNutritional 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.

This program helps educate children ages eight to 17, who are at risk for cardiovascular disease and/or type 2 diabetes, about making healthy lifestyle choices that impact their overall health.

Like most successful pediatric lifestyle modification programs, this one requires parental participation and support. The program includes: how to make gradual changes in eating and lifestyle habits, safe aerobic exercise and strength training, nutrition counseling, dietary assessments and food demonstrations. Fit Kids for Life Program offers 2 sessions per year, January through May and September through December.  Participants need a referral from their primary pediatrician, and must have an initial physical examination and assessment before being accepted into the program. To learn more, call (631) 444-2725. 

NOTE: Proof of vaccination is required to participate in this program and masks must be worn at all times.

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Behavior Modification and Support
Behavior modification is an essential component of weight management. We counsel children and parents on initiating lifestyle changes that promote better health, nutrition and physical activity options. We also collaborate with the Krasner Psychological Center to provide support for children and their families. We assess readiness to change, help families create SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound) goals, and practice motivational interviewing techniques to assist families implement change. Referrals to community resources are also available to families who need additional psychological support.

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, 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. Ninety-nine 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 or call (631) 444-2274.