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Weight Management

Healthy You!

Are you or your doctor worried about your child's weight? The team at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital’s Weight Management Program can help create a comprehensive plan to achieve a healthier weight for your child.

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Healthy You is Minnesota's premier pediatric weight management program. We have been treating children with weight-related conditions for more than 10 years using a research-based approach. Our holistic team, which includes a pediatric bariatrician certified in obesity medicine, tailors a unique combination of therapies for your child. Options may include nutrition counseling, physical activity support, psychological services and in qualifying patients, weight loss medications or surgery. We work to understand the unique factors that cause your child to carry extra weight.
Prevent problems before they start

Many adult health problems, like diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease, begin in childhood and relate to obesity. The Weight Management Program at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital helps your child face and overcome the medical, nutritional and emotional issues that relate to his or her weight.

Care and services for your child

The Weight Management Program at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital brings together the resources and expertise to help children and teens whose extra weight is impacting their health and well-being.

Getting to a healthy weight is tough. The causes of excess weight are many and complex--we understand that there is more to weight gain than just calories or energy imbalance. As we assess your child's situation and design a treatment plan, we take into account all the factors that are contributing to your child's weight status. 

We provide comprehensive, individualized treatment based on current scientific research and understanding of obesity to help move your child toward a healthier weight. Our overall goal is to help your child be successful in achieving long-term health, both physical and mental. 

Weight-related conditions we treat include:
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Pre diabetes
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Depression
  • Irregular periods
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Sleep apnea

Services we provide include:
  • Behavioral and psychological counseling (individual and family)
  • Nutrition support and dietary interventions
  • Physical therapy and physical activity support
  • Assessment and management of weight-related health conditions including:
    • Obesity-related health conditions
    • Medication for weight management in eligible individuals
    • Teen weight-loss surgery, in eligible individuals
       

 

Meet your care team

Nutrition

Pediatric Psychology

Pediatric Weight Management

Physical Therapy

Weight Loss Surgery

Health Care Support

Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

Locations by city:

Burnsville

Maple Grove

Minneapolis

Saint Paul

Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

News and Events


Interactive Learning
The Weight Management Program was featured in a KSTP-TV story about bringing interactive lessons on exercise and good nutrition to White Bear Lake classrooms. The "e-field trips" are a partnership of the Minnesota Vikings and University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.

Back to School with Confidence
Psychologist Amy Gross, PhD, discusses how to help kids have a healthy body image in this WCCO-TV story.

Eating Well at School
How can you help kids eat the healthy foods you pack in their lunches? Registered Dietitian Jessica Graumann, RD, has some tips in this WCCO-TV story.

Teen Loses 165 Pounds
With some help from the Specialty Clinic for Children at Fairview Ridges hospital, Nate commits to exercise and a healthy diet. He talks about his weight-loss journey in this WCCO-TV story.
 
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