Patient Care

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Patient Care

The ECU Pediatric Healthy Weight Comprehensive Care Clinic provides multidisciplinary, family-centered medical care and treatment for at-risk, overweight and obese children and youth in eastern North Carolina.

  • The clinic serves children and youth who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over the 95th percentile for their age and gender.

  • Patients see a pediatrician and dietitian during the initial evaluations. Typically blood is drawn at the first visit unless lab work has been done recently. Initial appointments usually last 3 to 4 hours.

  • Referrals are made to pediatric subspecialties (endocrinology, cardiology, etc.) or for physical therapy services as needed.

  • After the first visit, patients are scheduled for follow-up appointments with the dietitian and medical provider to monitor progress in achieving weight-related goals and trouble shoot any problems.

Medical Nutrition Therapy Protocol

To meet the needs of eastern North Carolina children, local dietitians developed a medical nutrition therapy (MNT) protocol for overweight and obese youth in 2004. The protocol, which has been periodically updated, provides guidance on topics to discuss with overweight children and their families during a series of nutrition visits as well as patient education materials for each session.

The protocol is evidence-based, incorporating latest recommendations from organizations such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is available to the general public and health professionals at no charge; however, if you choose to use information or the materials from the protocol, we ask that you cite it.   

To download the most recent Medical Nutrition Therapy protocol, click on the appropriate links below. Contact Natalie Taft, MS, RD, LDN at with any questions.