Congratulations! By visiting Live Light Live Right you’ve taken the first step in a journey to a healthier life for your child and your entire family. This is the beginning of a lifelong effort, and we suggest you take it one step at a time.
Who We Treat
Any child between the ages of 2 and 19 with a body mass index (BMI) that is greater than the 95th percentile for their age can be referred to our program. We also treat children who are overweight with a BMI greater than 85th percentile for their age if they have other associated medical risks such as a strong family history of heart disease or diabetes. A child with dyslilidemia or hypertension or increased truncal obesity can join our program with a lower BMI.
How to Get a Referral
If you suspect your child is overweight or obese, speak to your child’s pediatrician about a referral. If your child’s physician is unfamiliar with our program, refer him or her to our website or have him call Dr. Dhuper at (718) 240-5857 or (718) 240-8125 or (718) 221-0333.
Step 1: Attend Your First Appointment
On the day of your initial appointment, remember to bring your child’s insurance card and referral, if one is required. Be prepared to spend 1 ½ hours at your child’s initial appointment. You and your child will meet with our medical staff where you will be asked about family and medical history. Your child will complete a medical exam, meet with a nutritionist, and an obesity expert. You and your child may also meet with a behavior therapist. A physician will also make arrangements for additional medical tests your child will need to take.
Step 2: Follow-up
About a month after your initial appointment, you and your child will return for a follow up appointment, which will take about one hour. Your child will be examined by a medical staff member and meet with a nutritionist. The physician will review the test results, track progress and discuss a plan of action.
Step 3: Join Our Core Program
Now you and your child can consider joining our Core Program, a lifestyle modification plan with weekly, supervised exercise sessions at nearby community centers. One of our coordinators will administer a parent readiness questionnaire, a quality of life questionnaire and release forms. You will be able to choose locations, times, days and activities that work best for your family. However, your child must attend the exercise program at least twice a week.
Step 4: The Long Term
Your and your child will need to return to the clinic for follow up appointments you will be asked to return to our clinic periodically to see how he is progressing. The program is individually tailored to meet your child’s needs, so regular follow-up will help us track his progress and help him best manage his weight.