Eating Healthy and Staying Fit
Due to the pandemic, children have been out of their routine habits of physical daily activities like walking to and back from school, gym class and scheduled recess. Some kids have been staying up late and sleeping less, which can alter a person’s metabolism and increase their chances of gaining weight.
Many parents have noticed their kids are not as active, and are snacking or eating more often in between meals. They are surprised their child has gained so much weight in a short period of time.
As children return to school, they may find themselves able to get back to healthier eating habits and daily fitness. However, some children who experience overweight and obesity may need additional guidance to get them back on a healthy track.
That’s why Stony Brook Children’s developed the Healthy Weight & Wellness Center in 2012. The Center brings the resources of Suffolk County’s only academic medical center to offer a highly individualized, multidisciplinary and family friendly program designed to help children ages 4-21 lose weight safely while preparing them to successfully maintain a healthy weight as adults.
The Healthy Weight & Wellness Center takes a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach that is individualized for the needs of patients. We also understand that for children and young adults, things need to be fun. We not only ensure that kids enjoy the program and it is 100 percent positive, but also that they are supported by their families.
If you think your child could benefit from the Children’s Healthy Weight and Wellness Center, talk to your primary care physician about obtaining a referral to the program.