Catawba Valley Medical Center’s (CVMC) Healthy House Medical Director
H. Vondell Clark, MD, MPH, and Rebecca Tart, PhD, CVMC’s Director
for Research and Evidence-based Practice, recently developed a poster
on preliminary findings from CVMC’s Healthy House program. Dr. Clark
presented the poster at the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare
Quality (NICHQ) annual conference in Atlanta, Ga., along with D. Lynn
Winkler, MA, RD, LDN, CVMC Healthy House Wellness Coordinator.
The NICHQ Annual Conference, which combines the meetings of The Obesity
Congress and the Annual Forum for Improving Children’s Healthcare,
is the largest pediatric quality conference in the country and features
the best practices in childhood obesity, obesity assessment, prevention
CVMC’s Healthy House, a facility dedicated to both preventing and
treating childhood obesity, is the first of its kind in the region and
is located on the medical center campus. The Healthy House’s prevention
initiative, the Wellness FAN (Fitness, Awareness, Nutrition) program,
seeks to make a sustainable difference in the epidemic of childhood obesity.
The program provides education, activities, and resources that may lead
to the prevention of obesity in high-risk children. CVMC’s Healthy
House also offers a variety of treatment options – including physical
activity, behavioral strategies, and nutritional guidance – for
children already dealing with obesity.
Currently, most participants in CVMC’s Healthy House childhood obesity
prevention program are coordinated through Catawba County’s Head
Start initiative. However, the treatment program is open to any child
in the community who has a need and is at or above the 95th percentile
for age-adjusted body mass index.
To learn more about CVMC’s Healthy House, please call 828/326-3410.
Catawba Valley Medical Center is a not-for-profit, public healthcare system
providing and promoting the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual
well-being of the public in addition to serving as a center for health
education, wellness services, preventative medicine and acute care. CVMC,
three times recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as
a Magnet facility, was recently named as a “Distinguished Hospital
for An Outstanding InPatient Experience” by J.D. Power and Associates
as well as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare
D. Lynn Winkler, MA, RD, LDN
Rebecca Tart, PhD
H. Vondell Clark, MD, MPH