Janeway Lifestyle Program, St. John’s, NewfoundlandTuesday, June 4, 2013
Yesterday, during my visit to St. John’s for a CIHR-sponsored meeting on bariatric care at Memorial University, I had the pleasure of meeting with the staff of the Lifestyle Program at the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Center.
This program began in 2006 out of a recognised need to help children with obesity and their families. Since 2010, the program has expanded beyond just obesity treatment to include chronic disease prevention.
The program currently is funded with eight full-time positions, including a pediatric endocrinologist, two psychologists, a dietitian, a physiotherapist, a recreational therapist, a social worker and a policy analyst.
The mission of the program is to empower families in Newfoundland to eat well, be active and feel good about themselves. The program provides consultation, education and promotes a positive body image and awareness about weight bias and as well as mental health promotion.
Individual assessment and group treatments are provided for preschoolers (2-4), as well as kids in primary (5-8), elementary (9-11) and junior high (12-14).
All patients are offered follow-up until they turn 18.
For more information on the Janeway Lifestyle Program for kids Click here.
St. John’s Newfoundland