The Paediatric Health Living Program is located on the main floor of the Medical Building (West of the main building towards Golf Links Road) in Suite 104.
For questions about the Paediatric Healthy Living Program, please call (807) 684-6058.
For general questions about the Health Sciences Centre, please call the Switchboard at (807)684-6000.
Children must be between the ages of 4-17 years of age
Have a BMI >99th percentile
Have a BMI >97th percentile plus an obesity related co-morbidity such as: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Obesity-related Type II Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, Hypertension, Psychological impairment, obesity-related orthopaedic problems, Pseudotumor Cerebri
Our inter-professional team includes a Registered Dietitian, Kinesiologist, Social Worker, Psychologist, Nurse Practitioner and Paediatrician.
The Registered Dietitian (RD) conducts nutrition assessments to identify nutrition problems and their causes. The RD provides individual and group nutrition education and counseling on various topics to promote healthy behaviour change. Topics may include healthy food/drink choices, label reading, portion control, meal planning, etc. Nutrition counseling can improve eating behaviours associated with good health, such as increased intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and reduced intake of processed foods. The RD also monitors individuals throughout the program to determine change in behavior and nutritional status.
The Registered Kinesiologist will assess the patient and families’ current lifestyle as it relates to daily movement. Areas assessed are sedentary behavior and screen time, sleep habits, accumulated steps throughout the day and planned moderate-vigorous physical activity at school, community and home. Assistance is provided to patients and families with behaviour modification strategies to increase and sustain daily physical activity, limit screen time and improve sleep habits.
The Social Worker provides psychosocial assessment and counseling support to children, youth and families related to their weight management goals. Assessment and intervention focus on family functioning, emotional health, coping with stress, body image, linking families to appropriate community supports and promotion of healthy behaviours. As Team Lead for the Program the Social Worker is the primary patient contact and is responsible for program coordination.
The Psychologist provides psychological assessment and treatment for children, youth, and families. Assessments focus on identifying drivers of weight gain and barriers to weight management from a psychosocial perspective. Treatment focuses on addressing psychosocial challenges that impact quality of life and interfere with weight management. The Psychologist also conducts research evaluation of existing programs to ensure that our programs are best meeting the needs of our patients and families from Thunder Bay and the surrounding region.
The Nurse Practitioner conducts ongoing medical assessments of children and adolescents throughout the duration of the program. Children are screened for weight related co-morbidities through physical assessments and diagnostic tests. . Visits with the Nurse Practitioner may include: blood work, height, weight and blood pressure monitoring. The Nurse Practitioner works collaboratively with other team and family members to develop realistic goals and treatments plans for weight management.
Referrals are accepted from Primary Care Providers who have assessed children to meet the above outlined eligibility criteria. We also accept referrals from parents; if you are concerned about your child’s weight and would like to see if they are eligible for our program, please call us directly at 807-684-6058.
The Paediatric Healthy Living Program is located in the Medical Building (west of the main hospital building towards Golf Links Road) in Suite 104 (on the first floor).
Nutrition and Healthy Eating – Health Canada
Healthy Eating – Thunder Bay District Health Unit
Children’s Nutrition – UnlockFood.ca
Healthy Diet – World Health Organization
24 hour movement guidelines
Paediatric Healthy Poster