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Weight & Wellness

Weight and nutrition management is key to keeping your child healthy and happy. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of US children and adolescents who are obese has more than tripled since the 1970s. Obesity affects 1 in 5 children and adolescents — about 13.7 million.

At Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, the Weight & Wellness Program is here to help. Weight & Wellness at Children’s is not a diet program — the focus is on medical weight management and our goal is to help your child be as healthy as possible.

Weight & Wellness is a medically-managed program with a team of experts from multiple specialties who are ready to assist your family in developing healthier habits. A referral to our program is less about numbers on the scale, and more about the level to which health behaviors are affecting overall well-being.

Make An Appointment

Make An Appointment

Ask your child’s pediatrician for a referral to the Weight & Wellness program. Once we receive the referral, we will contact you with more information.

You may also call us with questions about the program or requirements for participation.

Omaha Clinic Phone: 402-955-4080 | Fax 402-955-4078
Lincoln Clinic Phone: 402-955-8770

For Providers: Referral Process

Your patients must meet certain criteria to join the Weight & Wellness program. Learn more about if the program is a right fit for your patient:

Referral Process


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About the Program

The Weight & Wellness program focuses on four areas:

  • Medical Care

    Children’s medical providers will look at your child’s overall health and work with your family to determine a plan of care that will include:
    • Monitoring of growth
    • Lab values and overall health
    • Reducing screen time
    • Improving sleep habits
    • Continuous monitoring of weight-related illnesses (comorbidities), such as liver health, sleep apnea, and diabetes
  • Behavioral Care

    Social workers and psychologists will help with strategizing your family’s routines. They also provide assistance with navigating emotions, stressors, or barriers affecting health choices.
  • Nutrition

    Registered Dietitians will complete individualized nutrition assessments and provide nutrition education that will help your family develop meal and snack routines, be mindful about food choices, and focus on eating from all the food groups.
  • Physical Activity

    Fitness professionals will guide your family in planning a healthier activity routine, provide educational resources, help your child cut down on screen time, and address sleep habits.

We also provide resources to help your family with weight management. For example, our ENERGY Nutrition workbook and videos provide guidance about topics such as reading food labels, serving correct portion sizes, and cooking healthy recipes to ensure that your whole family is getting essential nutrients.

 

Our Specialists

Peg M. Miller Evans
PhD

Behavioral Health
Weight & Wellness

Ruben E. Quiros
M.D.

Gastroenterology
Weight & Wellness

Debra A. Gartin
APRN

Weight & Wellness

Candice K. Uribarri
APRN

Weight & Wellness


What To Do Next

For Patients

Ask your child’s pediatrician for a referral to the Weight & Wellness program. Once we receive the referral, we will contact you with more information.

You may also call us with questions about the program or requirements for participation.

Omaha Clinic Phone: 402-955-4080
Lincoln Clinic Phone: 402-955-8770

For Referring Providers

Your patient must meet one of the following requirements:

  • BMI > 85th percentile with co-morbidities
  • BMI > 95th percentile alone

Provider referrals to either of our locations (Omaha or Lincoln) may be submitted via the electronic medical record. Providers outside of the Children’s system may refer using our online portal, Physician’s Connect.

Physician Connect allows you to access patient information and follow the progress of care for patients referred. It is connected to Children’s Epic Electronic Health Record and allows you to request lab and image tests for outpatients, request referrals to specialty clinics, and view test results in real time.

First-time users will need to complete the enrollment process by clicking “Request New Account” For help with referring a patient or if you are unable to log on to Physician’s Connect, please call us at 402-955-4080.

Make a Referral Online     Make a Referral Via Fax

After you have submitted a referral, our staff will contact families to invite them to an informational meeting about our program. The meeting will offer time for questions and an opportunity to schedule an initial Weight & Wellness Clinic appointment if desired. If our staff is unable to contact the family, we will keep the referral on file for one year.

For referral criteria or to discuss options for management of high-risk patients, you can reach the Omaha Clinic at 402-955-4080, or the Lincoln Clinic at 402-955-8770.

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