Overview of NEW Kids™ Clinic Program
NEW Kids Clinic uses a health care team approach to help address every area of lifestyle that may be influencing the patient's current health.
- Doctors and pediatric nurse practitioners will diagnose and monitor health problems.
- Dietitians will help you understand how different types of food & beverage choices influence your health and how you can improve choices to improve your health.
You will meet with those members of the team that will help you and your family best. It is extremely important for all parents and caregivers to come to clinic appointments, especially the first one.
How to start
The NEW Kids Clinic is for children with medical problems related to weight. If you or someone in your family is concerned about weight problems, see your primary care doctor. Your doctor will measure weight and height, and decide if more testing is needed. If he or she discovers a problem, like high cholesterol, insulin resistance or high blood pressure, they will refer the patient to the NEW Kids Clinic at Children's Hospital. Central Scheduling will then contact you to set up your first appointment.
The first visit to NEW Kids Clinic is longer because it is our first opportunity to learn about the lifestyle of the patient and their family, and will take about 1 hour. You will see a Nurse Practitioner that will review your lab values, ask questions about your motivation level, food intake and physical activity. If you qualify, you will then be given the option to enter the program or be referred back to your primary care physician.
The second visit will be with a registered dietitian. Plan for this session to last approximately 1 hour. Be prepared to discuss nutritional intake, physical activity and daily routines. It may be helpful to bring a 24 hour recall with you to the appointment. By the end of the session we will set nutrition and physical activity goals together to help facilitate improved health.
Return visits to clinic are usually every four to six weeks for a total of five visits. Appointments are available Monday to Thursdays between the hours of 8am-3pm. Goals are reviewed and new goals are set. If there are problems in meeting goals, then the NEW Kids team will discuss this with your family. As healthy habits are developed, your family will return to clinic less often.
As most children are still growing, weight loss is often not the goal of treatment. Maintaining weight, improving health and learning lifelong healthy habits are the primary goals.
Physicians and medical providers
If you would like to refer a patient to the NEW Kids program, download the NEW Kids Referral Packet and follow the instructions.
If you have any questions, contact your doctor, or call the NEW Kids Program at (414) 266-6864.