Nexus Children’s Hospital offers a safe, structured environment for children with established weight control problems, including childhood obesity and Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). Addressing comorbid medical issues and behavioral complications characteristic of individuals with obesity or Prader-Willi Syndrome, our Jump Start Health and Wellness inpatient program helps our young patients who have found traditional outpatient programs unsuccessful.
Because of our thorough understanding of obesity and Prader-Willi Syndrome causes and symptoms, our medical team addresses patients’ medical and behavioral complications. Our program incorporates personalized calorie-controlled diets, set daily schedules, individualized physical training regiments, and behavioral health support for both the patient and family members. Our expert staff is dedicated to seeing each patient reach his or her health goal and maintain that goal after discharge.
Learn more about our childhood obesity and pediatric nutrition and weight services.
Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a rare genetic disorder that affects learning and behavior resulting from an abnormality on the 15th chromosome. Individuals experience Prader-Willi Syndrome symptoms including health problems related to overeating and weight gain. According to the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, a support organization for individuals and families, an estimated one in 12,000 to 15,000 people have PWS.
As the only inpatient program for children with Prader-Willi Syndrome, Nexus Children’s Hospital provides an environment where children and families can learn behavior management strategies and coping skills. Learn more about the reopening of our nationally-recognized program for children with Prader-Willi Syndrome.
Patients with a PWS diagnosis do not have to meet other criteria upon admission.
As the only childhood weight and behavioral management inpatient program recommended by the national Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, our program is designed to treat children from ages 3 to 21. Nexus’ Jump Start Health and Wellness Program has a variety of goals including:
The continued implementation of structure by family members, caregivers, and friends is imperative to the ongoing successful management of PWS.
Prader-Willi Syndrome Association USA
Texas Prader-Willi Association
PWSA of Oregon and Washington
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