The New U Flex Program in the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition is a Medical Weight Loss Program designed for children 2 years and older who struggle with their weight. With the help of our team, you will learn and maintain positive lifestyle behavior changes to improve your physical and emotional health.
The program includes:
The New U Flex Program is 6 months long, with a combination of Psychology and Clinic Team visits. We will also provide options for physical activity outside of clinic. The idea of this program is to be flexible to meet individual needs.
Our team is here for you every step of the way! You will meet with our staff at clinic visits and will be able to stay connected with us by telephone throughout the program.
You will meet individually with the Pediatric Psychologist 2 to 3 times during the program, maybe more, to help you set goals and learn different techniques for behavior change.
The Physician or Nurse Practitioner will meet with you at each clinic visit and assist you with setting and meeting your goals, as well as monitor any health issues related to weight you may have. You will have approximately 4 clinic visits during the program. Again, this may flex to meet your needs.
The Dietitian will meet with you at each clinic visit. The Dietitian will help you learn healthy, nutritional lifestyle behaviors and teach you the skills to use them in your everyday life.
A Physical Therapist will see you at all clinic visits and provide you with education regarding creative ideas to increase activity through your child’s recreation interests. You may also have visits with a Certified Athletic Trainer to give you more support for physical activity.
At least one adult in the household must attend the program with the child. We also strongly recommend that all members of the household work together to make healthy changes. With support from family members, it will be easier to make lasting, healthy lifestyle changes.
The clinic visits will be held at the following Nationwide Children’s Hospital locations:
Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition
Outpatient Care Center
555 S. 18th Street, 3rd Floor, Suite E
Columbus, OH 43205
Dublin Close To Home Center
5675 Venture Drive
Dublin, Ohio 43017
Westerville Close To Home Center
433 North Cleveland Avenue
Westerville, OH 43082
Cost of the New U Flex Program varies based on insurance coverage and your schedule of visits. Please contact Nationwide Children’s Hospital Financial Department at (614) 722-2055 for more information about the cost, co-payments, and insurance coverage.
Regular attendance is the key to success in the New U Flex Program, but success is not limited to attendance. You will need to work with us to set and keep your nutrition, physical activity, and behavior change goals. Also, you will be asked to keep a weekly monitoring record and participate in all of the program activities.
We will support you every step of the way and help you create balance, motivation, and skills for lasting, healthy lifestyle changes. We will work closely with your primary care provider during the program.
Contact the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at (614) 722-4824.
Our team is here every step of the way! Patients meet with our staff at clinic visits and group sessions, and stay connected to us by telephone, e-mail or Internet throughout the program.
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