Comprehensive Obesity Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Awarded $1.5 Million by UniHealth Foundation

Published on 
June 26, 2014

The EMPOWER Weight Management Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has received $1.5 million from the UniHealth Foundation to fund a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary clinic offering resources for patients and families struggling with significant weight issues and to support community outreach activities.

Dr. Steven Mittelman with a clinic patient 

The EMPOWER Weight Management Clinic employs a unique, team-based approach offering patients evaluations and treatment plans that integrate expertise in medicine, psychology, nutrition and physical therapy.  This wrap-around approach allows patients to access a variety of services at one appointment while receiving a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation that may include screening for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity-related liver disease and sleep apnea.

“Eating less and exercising more sounds simple but it isn’t,” says Steven Mittelman, MD, PhD, director of the Diabetes and Obesity program. “The EMPOWER program is personalized because each child or adolescent has a unique set of circumstances that brings them to our door.  Our team helps patients and families find strategies that will work for them.”

The EMPOWER program also collaborates with community clinics in the Los Angeles area to provide education and help build their capacity to deliver quality obesity intervention and diabetes care. 

UniHealth Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organization whose mission is to support and facilitate activities that significantly improve the health and well being of individuals and communities within its service area.

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital on the West Coast and among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. Children’s Hospital is also one of America's premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

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