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 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.
Cleveland Clinic Children’s Programs
Cleveland Clinic Children's offers many different programs to fit your child's needs.
Bringing together a comprehensive team of physicians, researchers and healthcare professionals with expert knowledge in childhood weight management, the Children's Health Essentials 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 Children's Health Essentials 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 visit: clevelanclinic.org/fityouth or call 216.986.4128.
Metabolic Liver Disease
When routine screening reveals liver abnormalities in a pediatric patient, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Metabolic Liver Disease Clinic can help.
We offer comprehensive diagnosis and specialized treatment for children and adolescents with children or adolescents with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and those at risk for NAFLD,and other metabolic liver diseases.
For more information or to refer a patient please call 216.444.9000 or 800.223.2273, ext. 49000.
Working with the local community and schools on public health programs:
Food is Knowledge:
For children enrolled in early childhood centers through 1st grades, this program teaches children about healthy eating in a fun way through science, language arts, math, culture and hospitality. For more information, go to clevelandclinic.org/5togo.
Designed for children in 4th through 6th grades, this 12-week school-based program is designed to teach kids how to make healthier food choices through the interconnectedness between the mind, body, and spirit. For more information, go to clevelandclinic.org/5togo.
Cleveland Clinic and the First Ring Superintendents’ Collaborative (FRSC) partnered in 2008 to examine childhood obesity rates in Northeast Ohio. During the 2013-2014 school year, 14,016 children in kindergarten, third, fifth, and ninth grades were screened for Body Mass Index (BMI) in 16 Cleveland-area suburban, public school districts. The research found that 16.0% of students were overweight and 18.6% of students were obese. While obesity rates have remained stagnant over the past five years, decreases were noted for students in the fifth grade.
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