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 (ages 2 to 20) and their families to develop strategies and create plans for a healthy lifestyle change.
The Children's Health Essentials team is comprised of expert healthcare professionals dedicated to assisting children with weight management and associated issues, including:
Childhood obesity and weight problems are increasing at alarming rates and it is no different in the Northeast Ohio area. The Children's Health Essentials Kids Clinic uniquely targets children with excess weight and seeks to provide excellent care in managing the medical problems associated with being overweight, along with teaching families ways to improve quality of life and enhance wellness. Our family-center approach strives to create life-long healthy weight.
Who is Eligible?
The Children's Health Essentials Kids Clinic accepts children who meet the following criteria:
- 2 to 20 years of age
- Body mass index (BMI) greater than the 85th percentile (determine BMI percentile)
- Is motivated, along with their family, to make continuous lifestyle changes
Insurance coverage is different for everyone, so it is best to contact your insurance carrier to review your coverage. Billing for lab tests may be associated with the medical conditions identified at your visit. It is best to ask your insurance provider if they cover 99214 or 99215 medical visits and 97802 and 97803 nutrition visits.
What to expect
Before the initial visit each parent is asked to complete a questionnaire and a medical history. During the visit a medical provider will complete a physical exam, review health history, order lab work to identify health problems, and develop manageable goals with you and your child. You and your child will also meet with a dietitian to review health eating strategies.
During a group session, you will meet the whole Children's Health Essentials Kids Clinic team:
- The medical experts: A pediatrician, pediatric gastroenterologist and nurse practitioner
- A registered dietitian
- An exercise physiologist
Follow-up visits are scheduled monthly to offer feedback and support obtaining healthy weight. Frequency will decrease once goals have been met and life-long health weight strategies will be identified in order to sustain the positive changes which have been obtained.
In between, you and your child may see:
- The dietitian, who can help you with healthy meal planning and portion control
- The exercise physiologist, who will help your child find a safe, enjoyable physical activity, such as weight training
- A behavioral health specialist is also part of the Children's Health Essentials Kids Clinic team. These experts help kids and teens with motivation problems, low self-esteem, body image issues and bullying
The team of healthcare professionals who make up the Children's Health Essentials Kids Clinic are devoted to assisting children and their families in the prevention of childhood obesity and treating comorbidities associated with obesity. The team includes:
Our team of experts has compiled a list of resources that may help your child and family as you journey down the path to weight loss together.
Lifestyle Programs & Resources
Children's Health Essentials Kids Clinic Locations:
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
9500 Euclid Ave.
Crile Building, 11th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44195
Independence Family Health Center
Crown Center II
5001 Rockside Rd.
Independence, OH 44131
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