Brenner FIT Adds Wilkes County Site to Telemedicine Network
Pediatric Weight-Management Program is Now Connected
with Seven Locations
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Dec. 8, 2015 – Brenner
FIT, the Brenner Children’s Hospital program that takes a family-centered
approach to treating children with obesity, has extended its electronic reach
to Wilkes County.
secure video link between Brenner Children’s, part of Wake Forest Baptist
Medical Center, and the Wilkes County Health Department in Wilkesboro allows patients
and families members to have some of their Brenner FIT sessions without having
to travel to the hospital in Winston-Salem.
site is open to all families in Wilkes and the surrounding counties who could
benefit from a location for treatment that’s close to home,” said Joseph
Skelton, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest Baptist and
director of Brenner FIT. “We’re grateful to the Wilkes County Health Department
for providing the space that will let people in those communities communicate
directly with our experts via webcam.”
location is the seventh to have a Brenner TeleFIT connection. The network’s other
links are to sites in Boone, Dobson, Elkin, Greensboro, Hickory and Lenoir. A
grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission helped support the network’s
expansion to Wilkes County.
FIT is one of the most comprehensive weight-management programs in the country
for children ages 2 to 18. It does not employ restrictive diets, medications or
harsh exercise, focusing instead on changes in family habits and attitudes,
improved nutrition and increased physical activity.
program includes clinic visits, classes, coaching and training sessions and
consultations with the Brenner FIT team of physicians, behavioral counselors,
dietitians, physical therapists, social workers and exercise specialists.
information about Brenner FIT, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
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