Weight Loss Program for Adolescents in Des Moines, IA

Adolescent Weight Loss Program

The UnityPoint Clinic - Weight Loss Healthy Lifestyles Program is now available to teens age 15 or older who would benefit from a medically supervised weight loss program to improve their overall health, well-being and fitness levels. Our weight loss program is designed for teens wanting to find effective solutions for weight management through a combination of nutrition and activity. It is different from diet, drug, or exercise-based weight loss programs.

Fighting the Obesity Epidemic 

Leading health researchers have called obesity the top nutrition problem in the United States. More than half of all adults are overweight and a third are obese, according to the National Institutes of Health, and as many as 20 percent of children are obese. Meanwhile, the Surgeon General's "Report on Physical Activity and Health" found exercise and physical activity among everyone from school-age children to adults to be at an all-time low. And childhood and adolescent obesity is an increasingly important predictor of adult obesity.

Coordinated Approach to Weight Loss

In the Adolescent Healthy Lifestyles Program, patients meet with a nurse practitioner, registered dietitian and exercise physiologist on a regular basis to monitor weight loss progress. Objective and behavioral markers are recorded at each visit to measure patient progress and program outcomes. UnityPoint Clinic - Weight Loss health specialists will work with teen patients and their families to set short-term and long-term weight loss goals and develop plans for change. Care is fully coordinated with the teen's primary care physician and any other medical specialists involved in the patient's care.

"Our team approach focuses on education, encouragement and helping adolescents find the motivation to adopt healthy habits," said Kerri Patton, Family Nurse Practitioner with the Healthy Lifestyles Program.  "Adolescent health specialists stress the importance of weight management programs designed to help adolescents set realistic and sustainable goals for themselves, which ultimately leads to improved overall health and well-being."