The Trillium Health Partners KidFit Health and Wellness Clinic focuses on breaking the cycle of childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression and anxiety through screening, prevention and sustainable self-management.
95% of children with type 2 diabetes are overweight at time of diagnosis.
As the project and medical lead for the Trillium Health Partners KidFit Health and Wellness Clinic in Ontario, Dr. Ian Zenlea, a pediatric endocrinologist, spends a surprising amount of time thinking about health outside the hospital.
“We want to make real, lasting changes for families and kids,” says Ian. “Our health and wellness programs aren’t about weight loss. It’s about health, good lifestyle choices and dealing with the big picture, together.”
Kim West, chair of the Medavie Health Foundation Board, is inspired by Dr. Zenlea’s work because of its ability to connect communities. “He’s working in such an interesting space between families, kids and physicians,” she says. “He’s bringing people together to empower them in taking care of their health. It’s a new way to approach health care, and one I’m particularly excited about.”
“It’s powerful to take the reins and change yourself for the better,” says Dr. Zenlea. “We want to help every doctor support their patients. And we want to help every family in the program take charge of their health. It’s possible.”