At our recent September SMA, which kicked off our fourth SMArt kids series, we had many new SMArt Kids plus a great showing of recent graduates. The returning patients reported on their summer successes and did a stellar job showing our new participants the ropes. We reviewed our SMArt Kids objectives for 2013-14:
Both kids and parents alike were engaged and actively participated in the ninety-minute shared medical appointment. Linda Germaine-Miller, our SMArt Kids nutritionist, and I were impressed with both parent and child involvement, especially given it was our first meeting as a group! We also look forward to working with Chip Wilder, LICSW, from our Burlington site. He will be joining us from time to time in the upcoming sessions to teach the SMArt Kids about food awareness, an essential component of eating healthy.
We are very excited to continue our SMArt Kids series, as it will fill a gap for many families struggling with healthy lifestyle choices. The shared medical appointment setting offers an added benefit of collaboration among families – something that is unique and hopefully productive for everyone in attendance. We welcome pediatric patients ages 8-12 years from all sites. To learn more about Shared Medical Appointments at Harvard Vanguard, click here. If you are interested in enrolling your child, call us at Burlington at 781-221-2800.