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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 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 Children’s Programs

Cleveland Clinic Children's offers many different programs to fit your child's needs.

Be Well Kids' Clinic

Bringing together a comprehensive team of physicians, researchers and healthcare professionals with expert knowledge in childhood weight management, the Be 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 Be Well Kids' Clinic team, please call 216.636.5485.

Fit Youth

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.

Pediatric Metabolic Liver Disease Clinic
Metabolic Liver Disease Clinic

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Metabolic Liver Disease
Clinic brochure

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:

5 to Go

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
go! Be Healthy, inside and out

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.

Healthy Futures

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.

BMI Study conducted with the Cleveland Inner Ring suburb schools

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.