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The habits formed in childhood and adolescence will follow your child throughout his or her life. If your child is overweight, now is the time to make a change to prevent or reduce other health problems, such as:
- Bone and joint problems
- Gallbladder disease
- High blood pressure
The Pediatric Weight Management Program team at Baystate focuses on what you can do now to improve your child’s health – in big or small steps comfortable for you. Allow us to help your child reach a healthy weight that makes him or her feel confident in a positive, shame-free environment.
Our Pediatric Weight Management Program is a multidisciplinary program serving children, adolescents, and young adults ages 2 to 21 with a diagnosis of obesity. We offer children and families resources to promote healthy nutrition, healthy activity, and a healthy lifestyle.
Weight Management Services for Children
Our team includes physicians, registered nurses, registered dietitians, a nutritionist, and a social worker. Health care professionals from different specialties collaborate and communicate about the best plan for your child.
Here’s what you and your child can expect:
- Focus on family behavioral health changes
- Complete medical evaluation and treatment by pediatricians who specialize in childhood obesity, including pediatric endocrinologists
- Evaluation and treatment by a registered dietitian
- Referral if needed to psychologists who specialize in childhood obesity
- Enrollment in the MIGHTY group program
What the MIGHTY Program Can Do for Your Family
MIGHTY stands for Moving, Improving, and Gaining Health Together at the YMCA. It’s an intensive six-month group program that emphasizes physical activity, nutrition, and change of habits for the entire family. It includes:
- Fitness evaluation
- Individual fitness prescription
- Group exercise sessions
- Individual and group nutritional counseling
- Strategies for maintaining lifelong health
Families who participate in MIGHTY receive a free six-month membership to the local YMCA in Springfield, Westfield, Greenfield, or Scantic Valley. Offerings of this program in Westfield, Greenfield, and Wilbraham are paid for, in part, by a generous grant from our friends at Kohl's department stores and Kohl’s Cares.
MIGHTY Program Locations
For evaluation information or to enroll contact:
Greenfield MIGHTY Program
Stacie Baumann, Site Coordinator
YMCA in Greenfield
451 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
413-773-3646, ext: 449
Scantic Valley MIGHTY Program
Scantic Valley YMCA
45 Post Office Park
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Springfield MIGHTY Program
Kara Swain, Program Coordinator
Baystate Children's Hospital MIGHTY Program
413-739-6951, ext: 2257
Westfield MIGHTY Program
Cindy Agan, Fitness Director
YMCA of Greater Westfield
67 Court Street
Westfield MA 01185
Calculate Your Child's BMI (Body Mass Index)
BMI is used to screen for potential health problems based on weight category. You can use the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) calculator for children and teenagers to learn more about BMI. Go to the CDC BMI calculator.
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