Telemedicine Helps Healthy Hawks Assist Students with Obesity Issues
One in six American children is considered obese. If you know a student
who is facing this issue, you can call the Healthy Hawks weight management
team at the University of Kansas Medical Center to gain the support you and
your student need to thoroughly address this problem.
At KU Medical Center, a team of specialists in areas such as nutrition,
exercise, psychology and pediatrics stands ready to engage students and
their families in learning to live healthier lives. This program is not a one-
size-fits-all program, but rather comprises multiple stages in order to suit
the specific needs of each family.
With the assistance of the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine
& Telehealth, the Healthy Hawks team uses interactive televideo to
hold meetings with students and as many of their family members as
possible, without requiring the inconvenience of traveling to and from the
The Health Hawks program is a yearlong effort that focuses not only
on losing weight, but finding out the causes for a student's obesity and
working on ways to develop improved lifestyle and food choices.
The student and family are supported all along the way with video
conferences twice a week for 12 weeks, followed by nine monthly video
conferences to monitor progress and talk about developments.
As of November 2009, the cost of the Healthy Hawks program was
covered by FirstGuard Health Plan, a participant in the Kansas HealthWave
If you need more information or want to discuss specific student
needs, contact Healthy Hawks directly at 913-588-2452, or Gordon
Alloway, KUCTT project director.
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