Who Is Eligible?

A physician referral is required.

For Parents:

Your child must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to the 85th percentile or have experienced rapid weight gain crossing percentiles.

Increased BMI can increase an individual’s risk of adult-type health problems, such as sleep apnea, hypertension, fatty liver disease and diabetes. To calculate your child’s BMI, go to https://nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/Calculator.aspx/.

For Physicians:

New Impact is the initial point of referral for the majority of patients up to 21 years old who are obese, overweight or crossing weight percentiles, including patients who may be interested in pursuing bariatric intervention at ProTeens (a surgical weight-loss program for teens ages 14-18).

New Impact works closely with Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Pediatric Nephrology to optimally manage patients and their co-morbidities.

Call (864) 675-3488 for more information.

Program Features

  • Physician supervised weight management
  • Individual and/or group visits with registered dietitian
  • Two- or three-month YMCA family membership at a reduced rate, which includes 4-5 individual visits with a YMCA wellness coach
  • Psychology visits to address emotional aspects of weight gain, if needed
  • Surgical weight management consultation and referral for adolescents interested in bariatric surgery

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long will this program last?

A: Most families complete the program within 6 months, but we individualize New Impact to meet each family’s needs. Patients who are interested in surgical weight management may be followed for a longer period of time.

Q: What should I expect at my initial visit?

A: The initial visit with our pediatrician and dietitian serves as an assessment for clearance prior to starting our weight management program. If for any reason you are not ready to begin, we will help you create an alternate plan. If you are ready to start, you next visit will be with our dietitian.

Q: How is the program structured?

A: All patients receive a comprehensive medical evaluation at their initial visit. A psychological consultation can be scheduled for families who need those services. The New Impact treatment phase varies in length and services depending on individual needs, but families typically complete the program in 6 months. You will meet with the New Impact dietitian for up to 6 visits and a YMCA wellness coach for 4-5 visits. You will follow up with our physicians as needed after the initial consultation. Healthy goals will be individualized for your child and family.

Q: Do I need a referral from my physician?

A: Yes. A physician referral is required.

Q: What should I bring to my initial visit?

A: Please bring your insurance card to your first visit. Screening labs (Lipids, HgbA1C, and CMP) should be completed prior to your first visit, unless you have already had this same bloodwork completed within the past year.

Q: How much does the program cost?

A: There is NO program fee. You will be charged a co-pay, based on your insurance, for physician, dietitian, and psychologist visits. You will also be responsible for your insurance deductible.

The reduced rate YMCA family membership costs $30 per month, payable at participating YMCAs. This includes a 2- to 3-month family membership and 4-5 wellness coach visits for the New Impact patient for the purpose of education and goal setting. This part of the New Impact program is optional; however, it is considered a requirement for our ProTeens surgical candidates.

Q: Are parents or guardians required to participate in the program?

A: Yes! We focus on including the whole family in our program to help the family system create a supportive and healthy lifestyle together. Parents or guardians will be weighed at every visit with their child, and they will also receive goals along with their child.

Q: Will I be charged if I do not cancel my appointment within 24 hours of the appointment?

A: Possibly, GHS Policy states that we reserve the right to charge for appointments that are not cancelled. We take every situation into consideration prior to charging any fee.