In the News

The Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) program has received positive press from various news outlets.  View the articles below to learn more about the program and hear first hand from participants about their experience.

“Healthy Protein Options For Kids Who Dislike Dairy”
Bay State Parent, February 3, 2016

“My 8-year-old doesn’t like to drink white milk, nor does he like cheese or yogurt. I’m concerned he may not be getting enough protein. Aside from meat, are there other protein sources I can offer? Also, he will drink chocolate milk, but I was wondering if the added sugar makes that nutritionally a bad move.”

Dear Reader,

Protein is certainly important to your child’s growth and development. Similar to your son, many children do not enjoy dairy products such as plain milk, yogurt, and cheese. Thankfully, there are plenty of other protein sources that offer a variety of ways for parents to ensure their child is receiving an adequate amount.

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“Weight loss program for kids at EMMC works to boost confidence, teach healthy lifestyles”
The Bangor Daily News, November 10, 2014

There’s a new, unique adolescent obesity program being offered in Orono, Maine as a result of a collaboration between Eastern Maine Medical Center’s W.O.W. (Way to Optimal Weight) program at the University of Maine campus Cutler Health Center and Floating Hospital’s CYW. The program is based off the 10-week program developed in Boston in 2010 by Michael Leidig, MS, RD, Clinical Director of the CYW at Floating Hospital. Every session dedicates one hour to nutrition education (facilitating social interaction while providing teens with the knowledge and confidence they need to be proactive in taking control of their eating), 45 minutes of physical activity, and 15 minutes of Mindful Martial Arts (MMA).

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“Brockton youth weight-loss program aims for fun, education”
Brockton Enterprise
, September 25, 2014

Michael Leidig, clinical director for the Center for Youth Wellness at Floating Hospital for Children, discusses the CYW’s 10-week wellness program for teens with reporter Michele Morgan Bolton. The program has recently expanded to the Brockton area, and seeks to provide participants with the education and encouragement they need to take control of their lives and make healthy choices regarding eating and exercise. “We’re not giving out a diet or putting them on a strict calorie-, fat- or carbohydrate-controlled diet, we are empowering them to make the changes they want to make versus being told what to do,” Leidig says.

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“Reversing adolescent obesity”
Framingham Tab, November 23, 2012

In November, 2012, Michael Leidig, clinical director for the Center for Youth Wellness at Floating Hospital for Children, speaks about the 10-week wellness program for teens now available in the MetroWest area. Reporter Scott O’Connell explores how this program is dramatically different than weight-loss boot camps or reality TV shows. “This isn’t the ‘Biggest Loser’,” Leidig says.

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“Tufts Medical Center, Wang YMCA offer program that helps teens lose weight, build healthier habits” , November 1, 2012

What makes adolescents sign up for a wellness and weight-reduction program?  A high-school student from Hyde Park explains the connection he sees between good health and better grades.  CYW dietitian Emily Biever describes the numerous factors contributing to obesity in teens and the range of changes they – and their families – can make to switch to a healthier lifestyle.

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“Sensible steps to curb ever-growing obesity”
Lowell Sun, October 14, 2011

In this op-ed article, the Lowell Sun welcomes the debut of the CYW 10-week program to the city and dives into the public health problems such a program can mitigate. The article discusses how reducing caloric intake and exercising can help prevent dangerous health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure as adolescents become adults.

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“Greater Lowell weight-loss program targets youth for 'healthful habits'”
Lowell Sun, October 11, 2011

Michael Leidig, clinical director for the CYW at Floating Hospital for Children, brought the same 10-week adolescent-obesity group program run in Boston for youths ages 11 to 18 to the Greater Lowell YMCA.  A high-school student and aspiring nurse at Greater Lowell Technical High School discusses her excitement about the program and her weight-loss goals. City leaders talk about the obesity problem in their community and their big expectations for the program.

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“Boston wellness program expands to include Lowell teens”
Lowell Sun, August 25, 2011

In anticipation of the introduction of the CYW’s 10-week program to Lowell, reporter Olivia Hull interviews program director Michael Leidig, clinical director for the CYW at Floating Hospital. Leidig talks about the current state of teenage obesity in the United States and in Lowell and how the CYW program creates a social, informative and active environment that keeps participants engaged and motivated.

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