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Jump Start: New Program Aims at Getting Severely Obese Children Treated More Quickly
Date:7/17/2014

BALTIMORE, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Clinicians in the groundbreaking Weigh Smart® program at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital have added a new program designed to get severely obese children and their families in for treatment as quickly as possible.

"Our aim is to get families in early and quickly before a child develops serious complications from obesity," says Michelle Demeule-Hayes, Director of the Center for Pediatric Weight Management and Healthy Living .

The Weigh Smart® Jump Start program lasts for 4-weeks and offers both educational and group exercise sessions for children and their families.

"The goal of Jump Start is to get families in quickly for that initial education that is so important, and then offer additional services tailored to each family's individual needs," Demeule-Hayes adds.

 Under Jump Start, after their initial assessment, the patient can join the next Jump Start class, instead of waiting perhaps several weeks for the next group session.

Previously, the most recent childhood obesity program added was Weigh Smart® Jr. in 2009. That program, targeting children in the two to seven-year-old range, was added when clinicians noticed younger siblings of patients with obesity were also overweight or obese.

"The typical Weigh Smart Jr. patient who now comes to us is 5 years old and weighs about 100 lbs.," says Demeule-Hayes. "We need to treat children earlier than ever before."

Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital is one of 118 children's hospitals in the U.S. that contributed to a recent Children's Hospital Association report on the evolving field
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