Supportive program helping and keeping kids healthy
The Randall Children’s Fresh Start Program focuses on motivating kids and their families who are above the 85% in their body mass index to adopt healthier behaviors to lower their risk of diabetes and heart disease. We also utilize Medical Nutrition Therapy, often abbreviated as MNT, which is an evidence-based medical approach to treating certain chronic conditions through the use of an individually-tailored nutrition plan. MNT is a treatment that uses food, nutrition and lifestyle choices to help our young patients achieve health-related goals and learn a healthy lifestyle.
MNT is usually the first choice in treating a child who has pre-diabetes or elevated lab values related to dietary choices.
Our program consists of a doctor who specializes in endocrinology, dietitian and behavioral specialists.
The Fresh Start Program may include:
During visits you will learn information on nutrition, exercise, and learning how to prepare and cook easy and healthy meals and snacks. We aim to help support the whole family in making a fresh start.
As a parent or other caregiver, you can do a lot to help your child reach and maintain a healthy weight. Staying active and consuming healthy foods and beverages are important for your child's well-being. You can take an active role in helping your child—and your whole family—learn habits that may improve health.
Your child will be screened for conditions that may result from a higher body mass index.
Overweight and obese children are also at risk for other complications and may be sent to be screened by a specialist if needed:
If your child’s pediatrician states that your child is overweight here are some ways to discuss it with them in a non-judgmental manner:
Focusing on the child’s health and the health of the entire families is the best way to start. Parents and caregivers can lead the path to health by changing the family’s lifestyle choices. Approach this as an opportunity for the entire family.
As a family decide on some changes that everyone can make together. Here are a few ideas to get started:
As a parent, you want to be prepared with the best knowledge to support your child and your family. We’ve included some links to resources for you.
Talking to Kids About Weight
Helping Your Child Who is Overweight
How to choose balanced meals
Choose My Plate
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