The Assessment Clinic at the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition is the first step for children and teens who struggle with being overweight. All patients must go through the Assessment Clinic. This helps to determine their health status and learn the right path to help them reach a healthy lifestyle as a way to improve their physical and emotional health.
The criteria to enter the Assessment Clinic is:
BMI of 95% or higher
Patient must have an established Primary Care Provider
Once a referral is received, the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition will call you to schedule an assessment visit. If the Center does not get a reply from you after one attempt then a letter will be sent to your home. You will then be asked to call our scheduling team at your convenience to schedule an appointment. These appointments are for new patients as well as follow-up appointments for existing patients.
The patient and their family will meet with a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner for a complete medical exam. Patients will be asked to not eat or drink anything in the morning so that they can visit the lab and have blood drawn. This appointment will take 1 hour and can take place at Nationwide Children's Hospital's main campus, Hilltop Primary Care Center, Westerville Close To Home Center or our Dublin Close To Home Center. As you leave the appointment you will be able to schedule Assessment 2.
The patient and their family will meet individually with a Doctor/Nurse Practitioner, Registered Dietitian and a Physical Therapist. Patients will be asked to discuss their eating and physical habits. This appointment will be held at Nationwide Children's Hospital's main campus, Hilltop Primary Care Center, Westerville Close To Home Center or our Dublin Close To Home Center and will take 90 minutes. The patient will be asked about their commitment and goals.
By the time the patient has completed the two assessment clinic visits, they will have decided on the best option for weight management in the Center - whether it is follow-up visits as needed, participation in one of our New U Programs or in our bariatric surgery program.
Bariatric Surgery Information Sessions
These free sessions provide an overview of the bariatric surgery process, the three types of weight loss surgery available for teens and the benefits, risks, advantages and disadvantages of each.