Empowering Families to Live Healthy, Happy Lives
Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity was created to address the childhood obesity epidemic facing Central Texas today. According to FITNESSGRAM®, approximately 35 percent of the students in grades 3 to 12 are overweight or obese in Austin ISD alone.
Headed by Stephen Pont, MD MPH, the pediatric obesity center focuses on reversing obesity trends in children and reducing long-term illnesses caused by obesity. Dr. Pont’s team includes experts in medicine, psychology, nutrition and physical therapy from Dell Children’s Medical Center, UT-Austin, and the Texas Child Study Center. The center incorporate multi-disciplinary prevention and intervention methods and practices to help children and adolescents overcome obesity.
The Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity includes four CL•E•A•R components:
- Evidence based multidisciplinary CLinical treatment
- Patient, community, and student/trainee Education
- Community Advocacy and capacity building, through serving as a resource and partner for health-related collaborative community efforts
- Novel Research to advance knowledge, document success and expand services.
The Center’s Highlights
ACES (Activating Children Empowering Success) Clinic provides a comprehensive evaluation and treatment program for children aged 2-18 facilitated by medical providers, registered dietitians, physical activity specialists, and our behavioral health team.
Healthy Living, Happy Living / Vida Sana, Vida Feliz is an after-school, family-based obesity program. The 10-week program focuses on empowering children and their families to make lifelong healthy changes.
Teens Empowered for Exercise and Nutrition (TEEN) Group helps teens learn to cook healthy meals and helps teens and families with social-emotional skill building, as well as physical activity.
Healthy PIECES (Parenting Intervention for Early Childhood: Education and Skill-Building) is individually-tailored for young children and their parents. Parents are an important part of the program and take an active role in changing their child’s behavior. The focus of the program is on promoting healthy eating and exercise habits.
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