The practice-based Fit4All Kids Program offered here at A to Z Pediatrics is a 6 month weight management or reduction program for children ages 3 and older.
Goals are to help children:
- Maintain a healthy weight or lose weight if needed
- Accept a healthy body size
- Be more active and Fit
The goal of the practice-based program is to instill healthy eating habits in children and their families. A nutritious and balanced diet is one that includes a variety of foods and good portion control. The nutrion components of the program will include a thorough assessment of a child's diet, estimation of calorie needs, and education on healthy eating patterns and portion control. Each child will receive a meal plan, which serves as a guide for a healthier eating lifestyle and will provide a balanced caloric intake designed to achieve gradual weight loss. At each follow-up visit, a practitioner will reassess the child's diet record. The practitioner will identify and discuss with the child and family any obstactles that may prevent a child from achieving weight management or weight loss. The practitioner will provide positive reinforcement, educational handouts, and encouraging incentives to help the child achieve weight management success.
- Serving Sizes
- Meal Planning
- Portion Control
- Combination Foods
- Fast Foods
- Best Beverage Choices
- Rewards and Incentives
Physical Acitivity Program Guidelines
How is the Physical Activity program designed?
- Age Ranges
- 3-7 years of age
- 8 years and older
- Physical Activity Levels
- Three phases for each age group
- Goals are set during each phase
- Duration/difficulty is gradually increased with each phase
- Exercises will be monitored on activity log and reviewed with provider
- Types of Physical Activity
- Strength (STRENGTH)
- Flexibility (STRETCH)
- Aerobic Activity/Endurance (STRIDE)
- Program Essentials
- Put a limit on sedentary time (computer, TV, internet, video games)
- Parent/family involvement is crucial
- Program Flexibility
- There is no specific timeline, as each child will progress at a different rate, depending on their compliance and their initial fitness level.
- Readiness for each phase will vary with each child; appropriate handouts will be given the child is ready for the next level.
- The health care team will review the handouts with the family, discuss goals, and answer any questions.
- Handouts may be modified if the child has a medical condition that could affect exercise, such as asthma, diabetes, or a heart condition.
- Specific strengthening or stretching exercises may be contraindicated if the child has orthopedic issues.
- The health care team will decide if participation in the activities is appropriate.