Childhood Weight Management
Healthy eating and physical activity habits are key to your child's well-being. Eating too much and exercising too little can lead to overweight and related health problems that can follow children into their adult years. You can take an active role in helping your child— and your whole family— develop healthy eating and physical activity habits that can last for a lifetime. Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital have resources available to parents and kids to keep them healthy, from specialists to community and school based programs and information to help you make healthy choices at meal time.
Innovative Programs for Patients
Cleveland Clinic and Children’s Hospital Programs
Pediatric Obesity Prevention and Treatment Specialists
- Ellen Rome, MD, MPH: specializes in adolescent medicine and the prevention of obesity
- Allison Brindle, MD: specializes in the prevention of childhood obesity
- Sara Lappe, MD: specializes in the prevention of childhood obesity
- Kari Gali, CNP: specializes in the prevention of childhood obesity
- Naim Alkhouri, MD: is a gastroenterologist who specializes in treating comorbidities associated with obesity such as metabolic disease and fatty liver
- Pediatric Nutritionist specializing in helping overweight kids
b.Well Kids' Clinic
Bringing together a comprehensive team of physicians, researchers and healthcare professionals with expert knowledge in childhood weight management, the b.Well Kids' Clinic works with children and their families to develop strategies and create plans for a healthy lifestyle change.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with the b.Well Kids' Clinic team, please call 216.636.5485.
The Fit Youth Program is a 12-week family weight management program for children ages 7-16 who are serious about weight control. Our program is designed to help parents and children embrace healthier eating habits, improve fitness and better manage stress. To learn more log onto: clevelanclinic.org/fityouth or call 216.986.4128.
Pediatric Preventive Cardiology and Metabolic Clinic
The multi-disciplinary team staff take a comprehensive approach to preventing the onset and progression of cardiovascular and metabolic conditions in hi-risk pediatric patients.
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Working with the local community and schools on public health programs:
5: Eat five fruits and veggies a day
4: Give and get four compliments a day
3: Consume three calcium products a day
2: Limit media time to two hours a day
1: Get at least one hour of exercise a day
0: Consume zero sugar-sweetened drinks a day
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Food is Knowledge:
For children ages 4-6 this program is to teat children about healthy eating through science, language arts, math, culture and hospitality.
Designed for children in 4th to 6th grade, this 10-week school-based program is designed to teach kids how to make healthier food choices and develop a positive attitude about nutrition and exercise.
A partnership formed between Cleveland Clinic and the First Ring Superintendents’ Collaborative (FRSC) to examine childhood obesity in Northeast Ohio has completed analysis of data from nearly 8,000 students in 15 Cleveland-area suburban, public school districts and found that more than one in four kindergarteners (26.1 percent) and two in five 5th graders (40.2 percent) are overweight or at risk for becoming overweight.
Consumer Awareness and Education