A Pediatric Weight Management Center
in collaboration with the physicians of
Children's Hospital Boston.
Is the Great Moves! program appropriate for my child?
The following criteria can help you to decide if the Great Moves! program is right for your child if:
How does Great Moves! differ from other weight management programs?
Great Moves! is medically-supervised, which means that a pediatrician on staff oversees and meets regularly with your child throughout the course of the program. In addition, Great Moves! takes a three-pronged approach to weight management that includes nutrition, physical activity and behavior modification. Our program is based on the latest research on physical activity, nutrition and behavior change. It is designed to help you and your child build a healthy lifestyle.
How do I enroll?
If you are interested in the program, please call us at 617-928-0006. You can also click on the link below and provide your name, telephone number and hours that it is best to reach you and a member of our staff will contact you directly. [Contact Us for More Details]
How much does the program cost?
The 6 month program which consists of a total of 35 visits with physicians, nutritionist, behaviorists, and physical activity specialists, costs $450 per month. In addition there is a $300 registration fee. All major credit cards are accepted.
Will my health insurance cover the cost of the program?
That depends. Your insurance company may cover certain parts of the program. We will provide you with information to share with your insurance company for reimbursement.
Where are you located?
The Great Moves! program is conveniently located at 188 Needham Street in Newton, Mass. We are easily accessible from routes 95/128 and 9 and there is plenty of free parking.
What kinds of facilities does Great Moves! have?
As part of the Great Moves! program your child will have access to our specially designed physical activity center, which includes electronic activity games and other fun ways to be fit. We hold our nutrition workshops in our home-like nutrition center. There are also examination rooms for medical evaluations, family consultation rooms, and group conference areas.
How do parents participate in the program?
A parent or guardian is required to participate in the program. This means attending workshops with other parents and participating in individual family nutrition and behavioral sessions with your child. We also recommend attendance at the optional session, offered monthly.
How much weight will my child lose?
For younger overweight children with no identified complications, weight maintenance rather than weight loss may be the goal of the program. We would aim to keep the child’s weight stable as he or she grows taller. For obese or overweight children with complications, gradual weight loss is indicated. In older children and adolescents who are markedly overweight (a body mass index greater than 35 kg/m2 and whose health risks are acute), 1 to 2 pounds per week may be warranted. An appropriate goal for all children and adolescents who are overweight or obese is a BMI-for-age and gender below the 85th percentile.
How do I know if my child is making progress?
Your child is making progress if he or she is adopting healthier lifestyle patterns. You might notice an attempt to be more physically active or eat healthier snacks. We assess various parameters at the beginning and end of the program, including level of physical fitness, quality of life and body composition, among others.
What if my child is sick or cannot attend a class?
Weekly attendance is expected. However, if you are unable to come to one of your regularly scheduled classes, you can make up that week by attending one an optional session, offered monthly.
What if my child has food allergies?
Some – but not all – of the recipes prepared in the Great Moves! program have tree nuts, eggs and other foods associated with common food allergies. If your child has a food allergy and would like to participate in our program, please contact us to discuss the allergy in greater detail.
Will the medical evaluation look for underlying medical problems that are causing my child to gain weight?
Yes. Your child will have blood work and a comprehensive medical evaluation during the first week of the program. This evaluation will look for underlying medical problems, such as thyroid disease, which may cause weight gain.
What happens once the program ends?
Great Moves! provides several maintenance options once the 6-month program ends. These include group support sessions, open physical activity time and individual counseling. Your coach will discuss options for you to consider.
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