To Teach Children About Healthy Lifestyles,
It Helps Us to Understand Their Lifestyle
Encouraging dietary or lifestyle changes isn’t simply a case of teaching new facts. Instead, it’s about putting the right knowledge, tools, strategies and support structures in place to incentivize and sustain behavior change.
That’s true for all of us. But it’s especially true for children and teenagers who may lack the life skills, resources or independence to make changes on their own. Every child, and every family, is different. That’s why our new pediatric diet and lifestyle counseling program is designed to offer a personalized program of support and education for the entire family. Our flexible, module-based approach covers key diet and lifestyle topics including:
- Meal planning
- Exercise and active lifestyle strategies
- Eating out
- Sugar and processed foods
- Allergy management
- Sleep schedules
- Health and diet resources
Each topic is centered around interactive workbooks and activities, making sure that the entire family feels included and empowered in the process of achieving a healthier lifestyle.
Our team of Registered Dietitians, clinicians and medical assistants will work with you to understand your child’s and your family’s needs, and then identify the topics and activities that are best suited to address those needs in an effective, age-appropriate way. Specific issues that our program can help with include:
- Healthy nutrition and lifestyle by age group
- Obesity prevention (weight loss, weight gain or weight management)
- Food allergies
- Picky eating
- Special dietary needs
- Chronic disease management
- High blood pressure or cholesterol
- Sports nutrition
- Introducing foods to infants and toddlers
Developing a Personalized Plan for Your Family
On your first visit as part of the pediatric nutrition program, our medical assistants will spend approximately 10 minutes with your child, checking their weight, height and blood pressure, and work with you to make sure we have all the information we need about your child’s medical history. After that, you and your child will spend an hour with one of our Registered Dietitians so that we can begin to plan a series of sessions tailored to your child’s needs.
Later visits will be 30 to 60 minutes, and we recommend a total of six to eight visits scheduled every two weeks. Over the course of your visits with us, our Registered Dietitians will teach you and your child how to set goals and track progress through fun activities and family involvement. Once you complete the program, you and your dietitian can work together to set up a schedule of follow-up visits. Our program will help your child build lifelong healthy habits in both dietary choices and physical activity.
We are eager to help you and your family succeed in the transition to a healthier lifestyle.