Health4Life Program

For Families Struggling with Childhood Obesity

The Children’s Health4Life Program is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of childhood obesity through a multi-specialty and evidence-based approach. Health4Life uses a family-based approach and provides complete medical assessment of obesity-related illnesses, nutrition and mental health support. The program is for all families struggling with weight issues.

Our clinic is located in the Children's Medical Office Building at Scottish Rite Hospital.

Childhood obesity is a public health crisis in Georgia with both short- and long-term health implications. Childhood obesity is associated with various health-related consequences including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Asthma
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Liver disease 

  • Orthopaedic conditions associated with obesity

      There are two orthopaedic conditions that can be associated with obesity: Blount’s disease and slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE).

      Blount’s disease (En Español) is a growth disorder of the shin bone. The most obvious symptom of Blount’s disease is one or both of the lower legs are turned inward at the knee. Extra weight and pressure on a child’s growth plates contribute to this condition. If left untreated, it can cause severe knee pain and early arthritis.

      SCFE (En Español) is a hip condition that affects children during growth spurts. It occurs when the head, or ball, of the thigh bone slips off the neck of the bone, like a scoop of ice cream slipping off a cone. This can result in pain and discomfort in the child’s hip, thigh or knee. The most common risk factor associated with SCFE is obesity. In more severe cases, the child will not be able to bear any weight on the affected leg.

      Our Health4Life team hosts a clinic once a month for patients suffering from orthopaedic conditions. The team will work with you and your child to develop plans for physical activity, nutrition and behavior during recovery based on his condition.

      Want to learn more about our Health4Life Program? Contact us at health4life@choa.org or 404-785-1535.

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Want to learn more about the Health4Life Program? In the video below, Dr. Stephanie Walsh walks you through what you need to know before your first appointment. View our frequently asked questions for additional information about the clinic.

We believe treating childhood obesity requires integrated clinical, behavioral, educational and family support services coordinated by a single group to adequately address the issue. Our multifaceted approach includes:

1. Providing medical care 
The Health4Life Program is a team of medical providers, dietitians, psychologists and exercise physiologists who work with patients and families to provide intensive treatment of obesity through the promotion of a physically active lifestyle, healthy eating habits, and behavior changes. The team works with patients and families to develop personalized physical activity, nutrition, and behavior plans that are supervised and coordinated by the clinical staff to help achieve success. Patient successes from the Health4Life Program include:

  • Healthy weight loss and weight management
  • Increase in daily physical activity over a sustained period of time
  • Consistently improved nutritional intake
  • Reduction of incidence of associated co-morbidities such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes
  • Improved quality of life and self-image

2.  Offering surgical treatment
Children’s provides bariatric surgery to those children with extreme weight issues. Surgical candidates are required to complete behavior intervention programs before and after surgery.

Not quite ready for the Health4Life Clinic? Visit strong4life.com for valuable resources to help get your family healthy.

Contact us at health4life@choa.org or 404-785-1535.