Weight Management Clinic
Healthy Kids U partners with children and their families to make healthy lifestyle choices in order to prevent and manage children with obesity-related health problems.
OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois
Pediatric Subspecialty Center
Hillcrest Medical Building
420 NE Glen Oak Ave., Suite 201, Peoria
Monday: 1 – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. – noon
Thursday: 1 – 5 p.m.
What is Healthy Kids U Clinic?
The Healthy Kids U clinic teaches healthy eating habits, portion control, meal planning and healthy levels of activity and exercise. Healthy Kids U is available to children or teens ages 2 to 18 years old who are referred by their primary health care provider. Through early identification, education and healthy lifestyle changes, we help our patients and their families improve their overall health and wellness.
Our multidisciplinary team includes:
- Advanced practice nurse
Physical therapists and exercise specialists are available by referral, as needed.
What can we expect for the first clinic visit?
At the first visit, the provider, nurse and dietitian will meet together with your child and family. The provider will examine your child and check for any other health issues affecting him or her. The provider and dietitian will share information that will improve your child’s health. Together, you will set specific goals that can help your child and family live a healthier lifestyle.
How often will we come to the clinic and how long will each appointment take?
After the first clinic visit, follow-up visits will usually be scheduled every two to four weeks. These visits usually take about one hour. After six months, you and the team will decide if the visits can be scheduled every two to three months.
How can I help my child or teen in between clinic visits?
At each clinic visit, you and your child or teen will review and reassess goals. As a parent, you can support your child by setting a good example. This means healthy eating, planning healthy snacks or meals for the family and encouraging physical activity.
Greater Peoria Family YMCA
Healthy Kids U has joined the Greater Peoria Family YMCA to offer a community-based weight management program, combining exercise with nutrition and behavioral classes.
The 10-week program is designed to help children 8-15 and their families. They work with our team - a dietitian and health care professional from OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois and an exercise specialist from the YMCA - to develop healthier habits.
Participants also have access to the YMCA facilities during the duration of the program.
Cost: $20 per family - no referral needed.
For more information or to register, please call (309) 624-9844.
These awesome games are a blast, but they don’t count as exercise just because they are about staying healthy. Have a great time playing them, but remember that you still need to take a break every so often and get your body moving!
- Assessment and Management of Childhood Obesity
- Guidelines for Managing Comorbidities
- Download Provider Toolkit (PDF - 2.2 MB)
- AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight
- 5210 Let's Go
Obesity Medicine, Pediatrics - GeneralPeoria