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Robert C. Byrd Clinic, Tackling Pediatric Obesity: One Family, One Child at a Time

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:00 pm By: WVPCA/Kim Estep, RCBC Source: WVPCA/Robert C. Byrd Clinic

Lewisburg, WV-In 2004, after seeing a large number of pediatric patients with obesity, Jill Cochran, RN-C, FNP, Ph.D. created CARDIAC Boot Camp.  Boot Camp was designed as an intervention for the patients of Robert C. Byrd Clinic (RCBC) and children identified by the CARDIAC project as high risk for cardiovascular disease.   The camp started with students from the West Virginia Rural Health Partnership Program as teachers for the children and WVU extension services helping parents learn economical ways to prepare healthy foods for their family.  After hours, the clinic turned into a playground for children and a classroom for parents.   

Eight years later Boot Camp is still going strong! The program now has, in addition to Dr. Cochran's expertise, a Registered Dietician, Master's level Exercise Physiologist, the WVU Extension Service, and clinical research professors from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine assisting in offering healthy lifestyle education to both children and their parents. The dynamic programming emphasizes healthy food and preparation, exercise, self-motivation and general family fun. RCBC Boot Camp invites these children and their families to attend a 6 week program in the summer and monthly session through the winter months to learn about how to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into their family life.
Continuing our efforts to impact childhood obesity rates in our community RCBC has partnered with the clinical component of the Greenbrier County CHOICES program which identifies school children that are in the 85th percentile for BMI. Those that are identified can be referred to the RCBC T-CHIC Pediatric Care Coordinator who then will work with the student on the "5-2-1-0 Let's Go!" Program and utilize self-management tools to educate middle school aged students on choosing to live a healthy lifestyle.
At RCBC we are making obesity prevention a priority. With these two projects leading the way we hope to have an impact on the health of our community for many years to come. Please call (304) 793-2505 for more information about either of these programs.

For more information on the WVPCA's CHC Innovations Project, watch this column and be sure to let us know if your Community Health Center has an Innovation story to share with our readers.

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WVPCA/Robert C. Byrd Clinic, Kim Estep

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