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Changing the outlook for obese children

The University's Aaron Kelly, Ph.D., leads a National Institutes of Health grant focused on combating childhood obesity. (Photo: Scott Streble)

Children born today will likely be the first generation ever to have a lifespan shorter than their parents’. It’s largely because of one of today’s most urgent public health concerns: childhood obesity.

But experts at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital are leading the way toward a healthier future for overweight children and adolescents through their innovative Pediatric Weight Management Program and breakthrough research studies.

  • Our Pediatric Weight Management Program team includes dietitians, physical therapists, and psychologists, as well as a bariatric surgeon.
  • We diagnose and manage almost all conditions that tend to occur alongside obesity so that patients only need to see one physician and not a plethora of other specialists as well.
  • Our Pediatric Weight Management Program, led by Claudia Fox, M.D., M.P.H., is a leading multidisciplinary program addressing pediatric obesity and the only one in the greater Twin Cities metro area to offer pediatric bariatric surgery.
  • Our Teen Weight Loss Clinic is the only clinic in the state designed to be a medical home for teens exclusively.
  • The University of Minnesota is the core site for the multi-institution Minnesota Pediatric Obesity Consortium, set up to offer a more efficient way to conduct large research studies and to educate the state’s health care providers on best practices for helping overweight and obese youths.
  • University researchers also lead a National Institutes of Health-funded effort to tackle childhood obesity.
  • The Minnesota Vikings and Vikings Children’s Fund are our critical partners in this realm, as they continue to promote eating right and being physically active through efforts such as the philanthropic support of their community-focused Vikings Fitness Playbook. Watch a video of Minnesota Viking John Carlson sharing his favorite healthy snacks and encouraging kids to adopt healthy habits.

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