Be Fit / Stay Fit is designed to help children and adolescents learn how to live a healthier lifestyle through nutritional education and regular exercise. Be Fit/Stay Fit begins with a pediatric visit.
Each participant will then have an individual Nutrition assessment and an individual fitness assessment. After completing both assessments, participants will attend weekly group nutrition and fitness classes (ideally, twice weekly for the fitness class). A point system will be used to help motivate participants.
Re-assessments will be conducted at eight weeks.
The program begins with a pediatric visit which includes a comprehensive physical exam, initial laboratory evaluation, and identifying any emotional or behavioral issues. The goal of this visit is to identify any conditions that may accompany an unhealthy weight or lifestyle. The Medical Provider will then be seen throughout the program and any diagnosed conditions will be treated. Following this visit the participant will go on to the nutrition and exercise components of the program. If any emotional or behavioral issues have been identified the participant will schedule a visit with one of our Behavioral Specialists as well.
Obesity in children and adolescents has reached epidemic numbers.
Medical Conditions that occur in overweight children and adolescents:
Asthma, Sleep Disorders
Fatty Liver Disease, Gallstones, Gastroesophageal Reflux, Constipation
Bowing of Legs, Hip and Ankle Pain, Fractures
Hypertension, Cholesterol Abnormalities, Increased Risk of Cardiac Disease and Sudden Death
Type II Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, Reproduction and Fertility Issues
Chronic Irritation of Skin, Skin Infections, Disfiguring Stretch Marks
Severe Headaches and Sensitivity to Light
Low Self-Esteem, Depression, Decreased Quality of Life, Stereotyping by Peers
Poor Educational Performance
Decreased Ability to BE FIT & STAY FIT