From registered dieticians and interactive cooking classes to the exercise specialists and fun teen support groups, CHoR’s Healthy Lifestyles Center, a comprehensive pediatric obesity treatment and research center, could easily be mistaken for a fun community recreation center. With 1 in 3 U.S. kids considered overweight or obese, childhood obesity is not only detrimental to a child’s health, causing issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but it can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression. CHoR’s Healthy Lifestyles Center aims to stem the rising tide of childhood obesity by promoting healthy weight management, eating, exercise and lifestyle habits that can last a lifetime.
“The longer unhealthy habits persist, the harder it becomes to change the behavior, which is why establishing healthy habits at a young age is essential for obesity and overweight prevention,” said Dr. Melanie Bean, Director of Clinical and Behavioral Services at the Healthy Lifestyles Center. “It’s important children experience the benefits of healthy habits as soon as possible, so when they venture out into the world, which has far more cues to be unhealthy than it does to be healthy, they are well-equipped to make better choices.”
CHoR’s Healthy Lifestyles Center is the only regional facility to integrate research and clinical based methods to assist in the prevention and treatment of obesity and other related health issues. The expert team of specialists, from physicians, dietitians and exercise physiologists to health psychologists and surgeons, work together to help adolescents and families develop a healthier lifestyle by focusing on physical activity, what and how to eat and the psychological effects that may contribute to obesity.
“The hallmark of all of our treatments is lifestyle intervention,” said Dr. Bean. “At CHoR’s Healthy Lifestyles Center we believe it is important to look at the whole person in order to identify factors associated with success and areas that need treatment to help improve overall health, this includes involving a patient’s family in the process.”
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