Strong4Life Clinic: Medical Track

The Strong4Life Clinic is a multidisciplinary program for families struggling with weight and weight-related health issues. Offering both medical and surgical treatment options, our family-centered, motivational approach begins with complete medical assessments of obesity-related illnesses, nutrition, physical activity and mental health support needs.

Our approach

We believe treating childhood obesity requires integrated clinical, behavioral, educational and family support services coordinated by a single group to adequately address the issue.

Using our 12-month, evidence-based curriculum, we develop an individualized treatment plan to help families make the sustainable lifestyle changes that lead to long-term health improvement. Additionally, we manage and treat weight-related comorbidities.

Our team

The Strong4Life Clinic is a team of medical providers, dietitians, psychologists and exercise physiologists who work with patients and families to provide intensive treatment of obesity through the promotion of a physically active lifestyle, healthy eating habits and behavior changes.

Led by medical director Stephanie Walsh, M.D., and surgeon-in-chief Mark Wulkan, M.D., the team works with patients and families to develop personalized physical activity, nutrition and behavior plans that are supervised and coordinated by the clinical staff to help achieve success.

Patient successes from the Strong4Life Clinic include:

  • Reduction of incidence of associated comorbidities such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes
  • Healthy weight loss and weight management
  • Increase in daily physical activity over a sustained period of time
  • Consistently improved nutritional intake
  • Improved quality of life and self-image

Eligibility

Patients with a BMI greater than the 85th percentile with a weight-related comorbidity, or a BMI greater than the 95th percentile with or without a weight-related comorbidity, qualify for the Strong4Life Clinic.

New patient packet

If you are a new patient, please download and print our new patient packet. This may be returned to us by mail, email or fax 404-785-1511. Once we receive your new patient packet and referral our office will contact you to set up an appointment. Please let us know if you have any questions.

New Patient Packet (English)

New Patient Packet (en español)

Referring patients to clinic and camp

Clinic

To make a patient referral to the Strong4Life Clinic, fax patient demographics, clinic notes, growth charts and any recent laboratory work to 404-785-9111. Once we receive your documentation, we’ll send the family a new patient packet, welcoming them to the Strong4Life Clinic.

Camp

Camp Strong4Life provides a unique opportunity to help jump-start a healthier future for rising fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade children with a BMI greater than the 85th percentile. Kids spend a fun-filled, action-packed week with our clinical team, including nutritionists and exercise physiologists, learning to set healthy goals and incorporate them at home.

Your patient is a good candidate for Camp Strong4Life if he or she:

  • Is a rising fourth-, fifth- or sixth-grader
  • Has a BMI greater than the 85th percentile
  • Can commit to one full week of overnight camp at Camp Twin Lakes in Winder, Georgia

If you're interested in referring a patient or receiving camp promotional materials for your office, email us at CampStrong4Life@choa.org.

Contact us

Contact us at Strong4LifeClinic@choa.org or 404-785-KIDS (5437).