ST. JOSEPH MERCY OAKLAND HOSTS FREE ORIENTATION FOR CHILDREN’S WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Family Involvement Critical to Child’s Weight Loss Success

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) will host a free orientation for its SHAPEDOWN program aimed at children’s and teens’ weight management at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, in Room F and G on the hospital’s fourth floor.

SHAPEDOWN is a six-week program based on a holistic approach to weight management for children and teens ages 6-18.  Unlike a diet, SHAPEDOWN supports a gradual adoption of a moderate and healthy food intake that provides essential nutrients and leads to weight loss.  It also stresses overall fitness, including endurance, flexibility and strength.  Key components of the program are family involvement and communication.

A team of licensed health professionals, including a licensed social worker, registered dietician and certified exercise specialist co-lead each class.

The orientation session is an opportunity for children and parents to learn more about the program, meet the SHAPEDOWN team and ask questions.

The next series of SHAPEDOWN classes will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 9 through March 15, at the hospital.

For more information or to register for the orientation, contact Laura Williams by email at willlaul@trinity-health.org or by phone, 248-858-2547.

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