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Best Kids Weight Loss Programs in Southeast Michigan

If your child is struggling with weight, these hospitals in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties can help. Read on for 2012-13 programs.

Growing kids come in all shapes and sizes. But if your child is overweight or obese, they increase their risk of developing asthma, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Taking even small steps though, like encouraging more activity and less screen time, can make a difference.

If you're concerned about your child's weight, make an appointment with his or her physician for an overall health assessment. Your child's doctor may recommend lifestyle changes or a supervised weight loss program available at one of the leading local hospitals. Use our list to find facilities and classes that can help your child achieve a healthy weight.

Note: In some cases, your health insurance may cover all or part of the cost. Call your health insurance provider to find out more.

Beaumont's Healthy Kids Program

Location: throughout southeast Michigan
Phone: 248-655-5900
Costs: call for details
About: Designed to teach kids lifelong healthy living strategies, this 12-session program for children ages 3 to 18 has parents and youth meeting with dietitians, psychologists, exercise physiologists and other health-care professionals. There are also activities to benefit the entire family, like cooking and exercise classes.

Henry Ford Clinical Weight Management Program for Older Teens

Location: Clinton Township, Detroit, Livonia, West Bloomfield and Wyandotte
Phone: 313-972-1919 or 248-325-3335
Costs: call for details
About: For 15-19-year-old teens who are extremely overweight (above the 95th percentile or who have a BMI greater than 40), this clinically based program offers individualized plans to help teens lose three to five pounds per week. It includes visits with dietitians, behavior and exercise specialists and pediatric follow-up sessions.

Let's Get Healthy! Henry Ford

Locations: Canton, Detroit, Farmington, Shelby Township, Troy and West Bloomfield
Phone: 313-874-6653
Costs: call for details
About: Created for overweight teens ages 9-13, Let's Get Healthy! is a 10-week group education program. Kids work with a pediatrician, behavioral specialists, nutrition experts and athletic trainers to understand how their everyday choices affect their health. The program emphasizes making healthier lifestyle choices, instead of weight loss. Class includes 30 minutes of exercise.

Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management Center at the University of Michigan

Location: 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Taubman Center, Ann Arbor
Phone: 734-615-3829
Costs: call for details
About: In this C.S. Mott Children's Hospital program, a team of weight management experts – including physicians, a dietitian, a psychologist, a social worker, an exercise physiologist and a physician assistant – work with kids who have weight issues. Experts here conduct evaluations and treatment of obese adolescents through the hospital's MPOWER program, aka Michigan Pediatric Outpatient Weight Evaluation & Reduction. The family-focused program includes education, exercise sessions and more.

Let's Eat Healthy! Pediatric Weight Management Program-Henry Ford

Locations: southeast Michigan
Phone: 313-874-7495 (offered through the diabetes care center)
Costs: call for details
About: This program for overweight 10-18 year olds teaches healthy lifestyle and eating habits. Using a family approach, a dietitian conducts two one-on-one visits to help guide children and their families through healthy strategies, including looking at food choices, preferences, portion sizes, activity levels and more.

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