Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Wesley Medical Center is opening a new adolescent clinic in early July for patients ages 12 and older. The clinic, located at 620 N. Carriage Parkway, is unique because it will be the only clinic in Wichita geared specifically for teens. The need for this special clinic rose out of physicians seeing more teenagers with adult health problems.
“We are now screening for conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and pre-diabetes,” said Kerri Meyer M.D., Pediatrician and Director of the Wesley Adolescent Clinic. “Our goal is to teach teens how to manage their conditions and prevent lifelong health problems.”
The clinic also provides immunizations and sports physicals that go beyond typical treatment. Physicians will counsel patients on how to keep their bodies in good condition and exercise safely.
“Teens can be very concerned about their body image,” said Dr. Meyer. “As a result, they can go overboard with dieting, improper exercise, and following fads that can harm their bodies.”
When it comes to high-risk behaviors such as drug abuse and sexual activity, studies have shown adolescents can benefit from private discussions with their doctor.
“Teens get a lot of their health information from unreliable sites on the internet or from their friends – and much of their information is incorrect,’ said Dr. Meyer, “so it’s important that teens get the facts from their doctor and learn how to make responsible decisions.”