PowerPlay™ — Our adolescent weight loss program features:
- Developed by trained professionals in Pediatrics and Bariatrics.
- Weekly support, encouragement, and motivation.
- Education on how to lose weight using real food.
- Overcome temptations and win the weight loss battle.
- Mobile, Alabama
- Scottsdale, Arizona
- Los Gatos, California
- Orange, Connecticut
- Shelton, Connecticut
- West Hartford, Connecticut
- Boca Raton, Florida
- Sarasota, Florida
- Statesboro, Georgia
- Peoria, Illinois
- Overland Park, Kansas
- Abbeville, Louisiana
- West Monroe, Louisiana
- Billerica, Massachusetts
- Plainville, Massachusetts
- Wakefield, Massachusetts
- Watertown, Massachusetts
- Gulfport, Mississippi
- Ocean Springs, Mississippi
- Ballantyne, North Carolina
- South Park, North Carolina
- Wayne, New Jersey
- Eastchester, New York
- Vandalia, Ohio
- Irmo, South Carolina
- Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
- Knoxville, Tennessee
- Arlington, South, Texas
- Plano, Texas
- Southlake, Texas
- Glen Allen, Virginia
- Midlothian, Virginia
About the Program
PowerPlay™ is a physician-supervised weight loss program designed specifically to meet the needs of adolescents ages 12-18.
The program was designed by a team of trained professionals in Pediatrics, Childhood Psychology, Public Health, Bariatrics, and Nutrition and consists of individual and family consultation, a multivitamin supplement, and nutrition and exercise education. The medical staff at PowerPlay™ is dedicated to providing our patients the support, motivation, and education they need to lose weight and transition to a healthier lifestyle. PowerPlay™ is committed to empowering our youth today, so they can live a healthier tomorrow.
The Support and Education You Need!
After the initial consultation, you will meet weekly with your PowerPlay™ counselor. Your parents are asked to attend these meetings every other week. These weekly visits include the following:
- Consultation with a PowerPlay™ counselor or physician to determine progress and overcome obstacles to success
- History and physical, including weigh-in and BMI plotting
- Journal review and recommended changes
- Exercise review and counseling
Why Choose the PowerPlay™ Program?
- We provide weekly support, encouragement, and motivation.
- Our counselors educate you on how to lose weight in the real world, using real food.
- You will have access to current information about nutrition, delicious recipes, and text messaging food journaling and fitness tracking online.
- We teach you how to overcome temptations and win the weight loss battle.
Q and A for PowerPlay™ Parents
- What is childhood obesity?
- Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child's health or well-being. The CDC has defined a child as obese when their body mass index (BMI) is greater than the 95th percentile. Over the last two decades, the number of overweight children has increased by 50%, and the number of obese children has nearly doubled. Today, one out of every three adolescents is overweight or obese.
- Why is childhood obesity a problem?
Obesity increases the risk for serious health problems and may lead to low self-esteem as
a result of teasing and bullying by peers. Kids who are unhappy with their weight may be
more likely to develop low self-esteem, depression, substance abuse, or unhealthy dieting
habits and eating disorders. Medical problems that are known consequences of obesity
- High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and/or high triglycerides that can lead to heart disease, heart failure, or stroke in adulthood
- Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance that can lead to kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease (decreased blood flow and sensation to fingers/toes) in adulthood
- Bone and joint problems
- Restless or disordered sleep patterns; i.e., obstructive sleep apnea
- Shortness of breath that makes any physical activity more difficult and may increase the chance of developing or aggravate the symptoms of asthma
- Early physical and sexual maturation
- Females with irregular menstrual cycles and fertility problems in adulthood
- Liver disease
- Gall bladder disease/stones
- What contributes to childhood obesity?
- Today's youth are eating and drinking more calories than ever.
- Fast food has played a large role in the development of obesity. Children eat about 187 extra calories on days that they eat fast food.
- Juices and soda are a source of calories without significant nutrition. Juice is loaded with calories and sugar and does not possess the benefits of fiber that a piece of fruit contains.
- Today's youth are playing outside, running, and exercising LESS, while sitting in front of a television or computer screen more. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends less than 2 hours per day of screen time.
- Medications and diseases, such as hormone problems and genetic syndromes, can also lead to excessive weight gain without adequate weight and nutrition management and education.
- How Can PowerPlay™ Help?
- PowerPlay™ is a physician-supervised weight loss program designed specifically to meet the need of adolescents ages 12-18. The program was designed by a team of trained professionals in Pediatrics, Childhood Psychology, Public Health, Bariatrics, and Nutrition and consists of individual and family consultation, a multivitamin supplement, and nutrition and exercise education. The medical staff at PowerPlay™ is dedicated to providing our patients the support, motivation, and education they need to lose weight and transition to a healthier lifestyle. PowerPlay™ is committed to empowering our youth today, so they can live a healthier tomorrow.
Today's children are the first generation who will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Obese children have even been proven to show early warning signs of future heart disease as early as 3 years old!