• How We Can Help Your Family

    Excess weight and obesity are serious health threats in our country. Together, they represent the second leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. Being overweight and being obese are not the same thing. They are categorized by body mass index or BMI. Treating excess weight or obesity in a child can significantly improve a child’s long-term health and help him or her maintain a healthy weight as an adult.

    The Gulfstream Children’s Wellness Program and Center helps families address childhood weight issues. It is supported by a generous grant from Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

    Getting Started

    If you are concerned about your child’s weight or any weight-related issues, you should first discuss them with your child’s doctor. Children with pre-diabetes or liver problems related to weight can improve their health with weight loss. Your doctor may refer you to our children’s wellness program. To enroll in our program, you must have a physician’s referral. Your doctor can make a referral by calling 912-350-6600.

    Our Programs

    All aspects of our program are family focused, because we know your child will be more successful if the entire family is making healthy lifestyle choices. Your doctor may want your family to meet with our dietitian to learn more about healthy eating. Our dietitian will teach you about menu planning, grocery shopping, and preparing meals that nourish the body while also supporting weight loss. Some families benefit from simply meeting with a dietitian.

    If you are referred to our full program, your family will meet with a dietitian, exercise specialist, and other healthcare providers who will help you transition to a healthy lifestyle.

    Our team is passionate about goal-setting and we will ask your child to establish specific health goals. We believe your child will have more motivation and success if he/she is willing and excited to make lifestyle changes.

    Your family will meet regularly with our team, work toward your diet and exercise goals, and measure your success for one year. When you commit to the program, you are committing to improving your child’s future health. It is not easy, but it is worth it.