Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program
New Balance Foundation OWL on the Road Program
Comprehensive Medical Evaluation
All new patients are evaluated by a medical provider, either a physician or nurse practitioner (supervised by an attending physician). This evaluation includes:
- obtaining a comprehensive personal and family history
- physical examination
- reviewing screening lab tests ordered by your primary care provider
The purpose of this evaluation is to determine if any underlying medical condition (such as a hormone problem) and weight-related complications (including high cholesterol, diabetes, or gastrointestinal disease) are present.
The primary treatment approach is dietary modification. After a complete dietary analysis, dietary recommendations are individualized to the needs of the patient and family in a culturally respectful manner. We utilize a "low glycemic" index diet to help stabilize blood sugar after eating and thereby help control excessive appetite. During the initial evaluation, families meet privately with a dietitian to discuss practical aspects of starting the recommended meal plan.
Behavior modification focuses on increasing motivation to change the diet and level of physical activity through a combination of short-term individual and family psychotherapy sessions. These skills gained through these sessions may also help children cope with the emotional stresses associated with being overweight.
A first-time comprehensive evaluation can be scheduled by speaking with your child’s primary care provider. Patients less than 18 years of age are required to have a parent/guardian present for each visit.
We treat new patients aged 2 to 21 years who are cared for by that health center. Patients under the age of two are generally referred to a nutritionist for initial evaluation. Exceptions, though rare, can be made on a case-by-case basis by one of our attending physicians.
Insurance and referrals
New Balance Foundation Owl on the Road is most generously funded by a grant from the New Balance Foundation. There is no charge for our services, nor payment required.