Murfreesboro Medical Clinic puts together special weight loss program for children

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic’s Weight Loss & Wellness (WLW) announces LAUNCH, a program specifically created for obese/over-weight children through 18 years of age. Directed by MMC Internal Medicine physician, Kimberly Shannon, M.D., MMC Weight Loss and Wellness, which is comprised of a team of experts – physicians, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, exercise physiologists, and medical assistants – offer medically supervised programs that focus on individualized nutrition, exercise, and supportive counseling to help patients reach their goals and maintain their weight. Similar to the adult program, LAUNCH is a modified 3-phase plan which addresses the specific exercise and nutrition needs of children.

Tennessee ranks among the highest in the country for childhood obesity and nearly one in three children in America is obese/over-weight. Since 1980, obesity among children and adolescents has almost tripled. Studies reveal that children from eight to eighteen years of age spend about 7.5 hours per day using entertainment media.

“Entertainment options make it harder and harder for all of us to get up and be active,” said Dr. Shannon. “That, along with more families eating out and eating more processed foods, is a large reason for the obesity epidemic which has swept the country. Our desire is to teach children while they are young to make healthy choices with food and exercise so that they can establish a lifestyle of healthy living.”

LAUNCH is an acronym with a hardy message:

Let’s Play

Activate Metabolism

United Family

Notation of Food

Conscientious Eating

Healthy Foods

The pediatric weight loss program is tailored for growing bodies. Like the adult program, it is medically supervised and offers exercise and nutritional counseling, as well as ongoing support and motivation. The plan is broken into three phases:

Phase 1: Weight Loss – Each patient begins their program with an extensive medical history, a physical exam, EKG, and lab work. A patient is given a personalized nutrition program based on the collected information and any medical conditions. Depending on patient needs, a medically appropriate supplement or medication may be administered. Patients will continue to visit the WLW clinic weekly for medical check-ups and one-on-one nutritional counseling until the desired weight is achieved.

Phase 2: Transition – Once the goal is achieved, the focus transitions to weight management. Depending on how much weight is lost, a patient may continue through this phase for four to eight weeks. MMC Weight Loss and Wellness specialists counsel patients to successfully adjust their diet and exercise for long-term weight management and wellness, including training for managing normal weight fluctuations that occur from week to week and throughout adolescence.

Phase 3: Long-Term Relapse Prevention – Maintaining a healthy weight after weight loss is most difficult. That is why MMC Weight Loss and Wellness has patients return to the clinic every other week to help solidify their new lifestyle and avoid a return to unhealthy behaviors.

Learn More Today:

To learn more about MMC Weight Loss and Wellness, the LAUNCH program, or to schedule an appointment, visit mmclinic.com or call 615-867-8100.

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