Medical Weight Loss Clinic to Help Fight Childhood Obesity Through Offer of Pro-Teen Plan at No Cost
09/09/2010

“Childhood Obesity Awareness Week” earns support from governor, mayors and local leaders.

Online PR News – 09-September-2010 – – Beginning Sept. 20, Medical Weight Loss Clinic (MWLC, www.mwlc.com) will be offering its medically supervised “Pro-Teen Plan” at no cost to youths aged 10-17 as part of its continuing efforts to help fight childhood obesity.

A total of 850 youths can benefit from this offer as MWLC will make this program available for eight weeks to the first 25 youths aged 10-17 who qualify at each of its 34 locations throughout Michigan and across northern Ohio. Qualifications will be based on an age-appropriate minimum body mass index (BMI) as determined by MWLC guidelines.

“We all know the dangers of childhood obesity,” said Alberta Lipiniski, nursing supervisor of Medical Weight Loss Clinic. “Nearly every day, the media is reporting on the dangers of this condition and how it has become an official ‘epidemic.’ We want to help provide the tools and support that these young people need to learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle.”

Individuals interested in taking advantage of this free offer can contact MWLC at 800-GET-SLIM to schedule an appointment at a clinic in their area and begin a personalized weight loss program. If demand should exceed available clinic resources for the day, individuals will be offered an appointment at an alternate clinic nearby until all spots are filled.

Participants who successfully complete the eight-week program will receive two tickets to a Detroit Pistons game. They also will be entered for an opportunity to win a free makeover valued at $500 for new clothing and a new hairstyle. Robard Corporation and Promedis Corporation will be providing samples of nutrient supplements at no charge.

Support From Local Leaders
To show her support in helping fight childhood obesity, and at the request of Medical Weight Loss Clinic, Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has officially declared the week of Sept. 20 as “Childhood Obesity Awareness Week” in the state. Several other community leaders where MWLC has clinics have followed her lead and have issued, or will be issuing, local proclamations of their own. To date, this includes:

• Mayor Susan Baldwin (Battle Creek)
• Mayor Ricci Bandkau (Brighton)
• Supervisor Phil LaJoy (Canton Township)
• Supervisor Michael E. Lovelock (Chesterfield Township)
• Supervisor Robert J. Cannon (Clinton Township)
• Mayor Jack O’Reilly (Dearborn)
• Mayor Dan Paletko (Dearborn Heights)
• Mayor Suzanne Pixley (Eastpointe)
• Mayor Jerry Ellis (Farmington Hills)
• Mayor Dayne Walling (Flint)
• Supervisor Brian Wershem (Fruitport Township)
• Mayor James Buck (Grandville)
• Mayor Kurt Dykstra (Holland)
• Mayor Karen Dunigan (Jackson)
• Supervisor Susan McGillicuddy (Meridian Township)
• Mayor Dan Dwyer (Plymouth)
• Mayor Peter J. Strazdas (Portage)
• Mayor Brenda Lawrence (Southfield)
• Mayor Louise E. Schilling (Troy)
• Mayor James Fouts (Warren)
• Supervisor Dan O’Leary (Washington Township)
• Supervisor Mike Kowall (White Lake Township)

U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D) and U.S. Representatives Pete Hoekstra (R) and Sander Levin (D) also have provided their support, issuing certificates of recognition.

Shaping Things to Come
Much like its adult plans, the MWLC Pro-Teen Plan is aimed at safe weight loss using an effective, medically supervised approach.

“Kids and teens know that being overweight is not healthy, and a majority of them know they are not happy because of it,” added Lipinski. “Our goal is to help these youths regain their self-confidence while teaching them how to make healthier food choices, the importance of portion control and the value of exercise.”

Supervised by board-certified physicians, Medical Weight Loss Clinic programs use regular grocery store food and are customized based upon a patient’s medical profile. Each patient receives one-on-one support from MWLC professionals with the focus of the weight loss program to help patients develop healthy and satisfying eating habits. This year alone, Medical Weight Loss Clinic patients will lose in excess of two million pounds.

About Medical Weight Loss Clinic
Founded in 1986, Medical Weight Loss Clinic has 34 clinics throughout Michigan and across northern Ohio. During its 24-year history, Medical Weight Loss Clinic has helped tens of thousands of patients lose weight and keep it off. All Medical Weight Loss Clinic programs are supervised by board certified physicians, use regular grocery store foods, and feature unlimited visits to the clinic for nutritional guidance and individual support. For more information, go to www.mwlc.com.