Specialty Clinic for Children - Burnsville
Ridgeview Medical Building
303 E. Nicollet Blvd., Suite 372
Burnsville, MN 55337
Pediatric Specialty Care Discovery Clinic
2512 S. 7th St., Floor 3
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Family Weight Management Program
Pediatric Specialty Care Discovery Clinic
2512 S 7th St., Floor 3, Minneapolis, MN 55454
The lack of consistent access to adequate food presents serious medical, economic, and social consequences, particularly for children. Food insecurity occurs in 9.4% of U.S. households with children.1 In Minnesota, the occurrence is 7.1%,1 although its prevalence varies by county, race, and
In the management of pediatric obesity, behavioral therapy alone has shown less-than-optimal results. Lifestyle management (diet and exercise) alone has also shown less than optimal results for children with severe obesity (BMI >120th percentile of the 95th percentile). New efforts have focused on medication therapy, and pediatric clinical trials of approved-for-adults and “off-label” obesity medications have shown promise. 7 Exenatide and empagliflozin are being trialed at the University of Minnesota. (See Program Updates.) Adolescents with severe obesity can be enrolled through March 2019 in the exenatide trial. Beginning in the summer of 2019, the empagliflozin trial will enroll adolescent participants with moderate to severe obesity.
Combatting pediatric obesity is a significant challenge for parents, physicians, and, of course, the children and adolescents themselves. University of Minnesota Health pediatric specialists offer the expertise and program-based resources and support needed for patients to successfully manage the condition.
The Weight Management Program for children and adolescents (“Healthy You”) helps patients overcome the medical, nutritional, and emotional issues that relate to their weight. Our care team includes pediatric obesity specialists, endocrinologists, dietitians, physical therapists, psychologists, and nurses. Through the program, we offer a full continuum of care, including behavioral lifestyle modification therapy, obesity pharmacotherapy, and teen weight-loss surgery. We also treat common obesity-related conditions, including anxiety, binge eating disorders, depression, fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, irregular periods, pre-diabetes, and sleep apnea. We see patients at Burnsville, Woodbury, Minneapolis, and Maple Grove.
A comprehensive approach for the entire family, the Family Weight Management Program is designed for children and their caregivers who are working on weight management goals together. Our team provides a tailored treatment plan for each participant and addresses physical and emotional health conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes, malnutrition, binge eating disorders, and sleep disorders, among others. Based in the Pediatric Specialty Care Discovery Clinic in Minneapolis, our team includes an adult specialist and pediatric specialists in weight management, a dietitian, and a psychologist.
The University of Minnesota Health Birth to Three Program and Early Childhood Mental Health Program at the Pediatric Specialty Care Discovery Clinic provides mental health services for our youngest patients and is one of the ﬁrst in the nation to translate research ﬁndings on toxic stress into early childhood behavioral health interventions. Interventions focus on building positive, stress-buﬀering family relationships for young patients. For behavioral health or Discovery Clinic weight management referrals, call 612-365-6777.
Access to our Expertise
We are available to consult about your patients, with or without referral.
Our goal, whenever possible, is to see your patient within 5 days if requested.
You will hear from us within a week after your patient is seen.
Through our Physician Referral Service, you can make a referral, request a consult, or admit a patient through our main number: 888-318-3627 (Adults) or 888-543-7866 (Pediatrics)
If you have feedback about our service, please contact Levi Downs, MD, Chief Medical Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org