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Adolescent weight loss program back for second year

A program aimed at teaching kids healthy lifestyles is back for a second year.

Posted: Jan. 14, 2018 2:07 PM
Updated: Jan. 14, 2018 11:14 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A program aimed at teaching kids healthy lifestyles is back for a second year.

Dr. Tamara Hazbun is a family medicine doctor in Lafayette, who has been working with overweight adults for years. She specializes in obesity and teaching people to live healthier lifestyles. 

Last summer, she had the idea to create a program for adolescents. It was successful and will continue for another year. 


"There was a huge need in our community to address childhood obesity we don't want these children to grow up to be overweight adults," said Hazbun. 

The Medically Supervised Weight Loss Clinic at IU Health Arnett focuses on childreen and teens ages 11-17. Participants meet with Dr. Hazbun once a week for four weeks.

During that time they are educated on a variety of weight management techniques. Dr. Hazbun said the program does more than teach kids how to lose weight, it makes them more confident. 

On top of that they're learning to make choices that will impact the longevity of their lives. 

"We spend a lot of time teaching our kids how to read nutrition labels, how to choose foods at a resturaunt, we encourage them to pack their lunch...take their lunch to school," said Hazbun. 

To sign up, call IU Health Arnett and ask for the Medically Supervised Weight Loss Camp. 

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