Weight loss boarding school starts new semester

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In an effort to combat escalating childhood obesity rates, more than 100 kids across the world will begin taking classes this fall at Wellspring Academies, the world’s only year-round boarding schools for overweight teens. The new semester starts Monday, September 1, at the program’s Reedley, Calif. and Brevard, N.C. campuses.

Formerly known as Academy of the Sierras, Wellspring Academies has helped hundreds of students combat obesity and transform their lives using its proven, scientific-based approach to weight loss. Designed specifically for children and young adults ages 11-24, Wellspring’s program combines a low-fat diet, physical activity and cognitive-behavioral therapy to help students lead a healthy lifestyle and achieve long-term weight loss success.

“We are all very excited to enter a new semester this fall,” said Dr. Daniel Kirschenbaum, vice president of Clinical Services at Wellspring and professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Medical School. “Wellspring Academies has among the best documented initial and long-term outcomes of any non-surgical weight loss intervention for any age group. This is one reason why we attract so many students from all over the world each year.”

The program’s first boarding school, Wellspring Academy of California, opened in September 2004. Located just 30 minutes outside Fresno, the 68-acre campus attracts approximately 100 students between ages 13-24 each year. Wellspring Academy College Program, specifically designed for college-aged students, opened last year on the California campus. Wellspring Academy of the Carolinas opened in February 2007 and attracts 50 students from ages 11-18 to its 220-acre campus in western North Carolina each year.

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Wellspring Academy of California (Reedley, Calif.)
The first year-round boarding school for weight loss in the world and the flagship Wellspring Academy program, the California school has transformed hundreds of lives since opening in September 2004. It is located on the edge of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, about 30 minutes southeast of Fresno on a beautiful 68-acre campus.

Wellspring Academy of the Carolinas (Brevard, N.C.)
The second Wellspring Academy program, located in North Carolina, opened in February 2007. It is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, close to the town of Brevard and 35 miles southwest of Asheville. Located on 220 acres, the campus is bordered by more than two million acres of public lands that include Pisgah, Nantahala & Cherokee National Forests, Dupont & Gorges State Parks and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

About Wellspring Weight Loss Programs
Wellspring Academies, Wellspring Camps and Wellspring Community Programs are recognized as the leading weight loss treatment programs for overweight children, teens and young adults. Founded in 2004 as Healthy Living Academies, the organization is now recognized under one name, Wellspring.

Wellspring offers programs for youth and adults, including year-round boarding schools, summer camps, after-school programs and retreats. Wellspring Academies, boarding schools include Wellspring Academy of California and Wellspring Academy of the Carolinas; Wellspring Camps in New York, North Carolina, California, Texas, Wisconsin, Hawaii, United Kingdom and Australia, along with Wellspring Family Camp at Pinehurst Resort; Wellspring Community Programs, after-school programs for weight loss and behavioral change; and Wellspring Retreats for adults.

The Sierras Weight-Loss Solution for Teens and Kids (Avery, 2007) was written by the founders and program leaders of Wellspring. The book offers parents a 12-week proven program based on the school's curriculum focusing on healthy eating and making exercise a priority.

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