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Referral Requirements

Your child must be referred by a physician to participate in the HEROES program. To qualify for the program, your child must have:

  1. A body mass index (BMI) exceeding the 85th percentile and a weight-related illness
  2. A body mass index (BMI) that exceeds the 95th percentile

Your child will also be required to undergo a clinic evaluation by our multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals. This initial clinic appointment allows for both our team and your child and family to determine if enrollment is appropriate given the duration and requirements of our program and family readiness.

If possible, lab tests will be performed as part of the child's clinical evaluation. This will require your child to sustain from eating or drinking 12 hours before the test. The labs can also be scheduled one to two days before the visit, if needed. The labs should be performed at Children's Hospital & Medical Center.