Weight Management and Wellness Center

The mission of the Weight Management and Wellness Center is to help children in our region achieve and maintain a healthy weight and to prevent, identify and treat weight related problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Fulfillment of this mission requires the involvement of a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, nutritionists, exercise specialists, and behavioral specialists. Another mission is to advance research in childhood obesity and its comorbidities.

Services Provided

The Weight Management and Wellness Center provides a comprehensive evaluation to new patients that includes the following:

  • Medical assessment of weight, body composition analysis, and clinical and laboratory evaluations to identify weight related diseases
  • Nutrition assessment to identify current dietary habits and willingness, ability, and resources available to change current habits to promote weight loss
  • Physical activity assessment to identify current level of physical activity and willingness, ability, and resources available to increase physical activity
  • Psychosocial screening assessment to identify problems that may interfere with a child’s ability to participate in a lifestyle program designed to promote weight loss

Treatment of overweight children involves one or more of the following:

  • Negotiation and implementation of a Healthy Lifestyles Goals Agreement. This is a contract between the Center and each child’s family that specifies behaviors that should be adopted within three to four months.
  • Individual counseling with a wellness advisor for families struggling to reach the goals specified in the Healthy Lifestyles Goals Agreement or in need of additional help in general
  • Medications for a small number of children for weight loss or treatment of weight-related problems
  • Assessment and referral for bariatric surgery for a very small number of older adolescents and young adults who have major comorbidities and who have been unsuccessful with other types of treatment
  • Regular follow-up, every three to six months in the Center to reinforce the Healthy Lifestyles Goals Agreement, monitor progress, and provide counseling and other help as needed

Referral Requirements and Appointments

A referral from a primary care or other physician is required. Prior to appointments, the following information from your primary care physician should be received by the Center:

  • Growth chart and/or current height and weight
  • History of any weight-related diseases such as high blood pressure or sleep-related breathing problems
  • Any involvement in other weight loss programs (i.e. what have you already tried either with the help of your doctor or someone else?)


Clinical Studies

  • Weight Management and Wellness Center

    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
    4401 Penn Avenue
    Floor 3
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
  • Children's South

    205 Millers Run Road
    Bridgeville, PA 15017