Operation Better Start is a specialty health promotion service that is a unique partnership of diverse clinical disciplines – Registered and Licensed Dietitians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Physicians, and Certified Exercise Professionals – working together to provide a coordinated framework of services to women of childbearing age, children, adolescents, young adults and their families. OBS focuses on young people identified to be at a high degree of clinical risk for health conditions related to nutrition and lifestyle. In its clinical setting at the BMC Hillcrest Campus, OBS provides specialized counseling services to clients from infancy through age 22 and their families. OBS staff works with clients and families to address health issues including but not limited to obesity, failure to thrive, eating disorders, hypertension, food allergies, gastrointestinal disorders, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes/ diabetes and sports nutrition. Through a special arrangement with Berkshire North WIC, pregnant women are eligible to receive individualized health education and pregnancy support.
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