The Children’s Wellness Program works to prevent and treat obesity in children and adolescents. We partner with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life program to train healthcare providers, educators, school cafeteria managers, and other people who care for our youth. We also work directly with children and their families to encourage healthy behaviors. The Children’s Wellness Program promotes four key elements for good health:
Child and adolescent obesity is linked to a number of life-threatening and expensive health conditions, including diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, asthma, and numerous skeletal abnormalities.
Annual health expenses for an obese child are $2,500 to $4,200 more than the average annual health expenses for a child with a healthy weight. In addition, obese children often suffer psychological and social problems, including depression and anxiety.
The Children's Wellness Program is addressing childhood obesity by providing support, education, and weight-management assistance for the community, families, and children.
Newsletter Archives 2013
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To find out how we can help you, contact Brittany Lightsey, children's wellness dietitian, at 912-350-4183 or LightBr1@memorialhealth.com.