Eastern Maine Medical Center WOW Program has Lunch Tips for Back to School


(Orono, Maine) – With many students settling in to their school routine, Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Way to Optimal Weight (WOW) clinic has tips to keep kids’ lunches healthy.

Registered dietician Lauri Jacobs, MS, RD, CDE shares her recommendations for easy healthy lunches for students. “We refer to the Healthy Plate model from myplate.gov, which offers a balance of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein.”

EMMC’s WOW is the most comprehensive program under one roof in the state working with children and adolescents ages 3 to 19, who are at a higher risk for weight-related health problems. The multi-disciplinary group includes Dr. O’Hara, nurses, nutritionists, exercise specialists, and psychologists.

“We focus on patient success so that the child can build confidence and blossom on this journey to optimal weight and overall improved health,” says Valerie O’Hara, DO, MD, FAAP, ABOM, medical director for WOW, at EMMC. Parents who would like to connect with the WOW program can call (207)581-4WOW (4969) or visit wow.emmc.org.

A video of Lauri reviewing what a healthy lunch would look like can be seen on our Eastern Maine Medical Center Facebook page.
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