MPOWER Program for Adolescents 13-17 Years
During the first visit patients receive a complete medical evaluation including laboratory tests focused on uncovering possible causes and complications of their weight gain. For those patients with complications of their obesity, referrals may be made to other University of Michigan subspecialty clinics (such as pediatric cardiology, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric nephrology, and pediatric pulmonology) as needed for management of these associated conditions.
A Registered Dietitian who specializes in weight management provides personalized dietary assessments and nutrition education. In keeping with our family-focused treatment of obesity, the dietitian also performs home visits to help assess barriers to weight loss and help families capitalize on their strengths to improve the likelihood of success.
Providing families with information is not enough to help them make the long-term lifestyle changes needed for adolescents to lose weight and keep it off. To improve the likelihood of success, our program includes regular visits with the pediatric therapists who specialize in weight loss. In these visits, the therapists work with families to help facilitate behavioral change, improve motivation and build confidence in their ability to achieve new lifestyle habits.
Regular physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Each patient in our program receives fitness evaluations and regular physical activity instruction from an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist. We provide exercise classes specifically for adolescents and access to a well-equipped exercise facility. Additionally, adolescents are taught new kinetic skills to help them become more active in their home environment.