Teen Fitness Program Targets Childhood Obesity Epidemic
Carlos, a Madison teenager, accomplished more in a year as part of the UW Health Pediatric Fitness program than many people do in a lifetime.
Through an innovative approach aimed at reducing childhood obesity, he was able to begin working out, cut down on sports drinks, increase his milk and calcium intake, and - most importantly - eat breakfast.
Through the unique teen fitness regimen that combines education and fun to help kids from 5-18, he has grown stronger and added muscle in his chest, upper body and legs.
"He made the choice," says his mom, Kathryn Bush. "He set the goal, and he's been able to do it. This program works so much better because it's something he really wants to do."
Each child seen at the Pediatric Fitness Clinic receives an individualized assessment and treatment plan created by a special team of kid-friendly experts, including a:
- Pediatric endocrinologist
- Registered dietician
- Two exercise physiologists
- Exercise instructors
No referral is needed for the Pediatric Fitness Clinic. Most insurance covers the initial evaluation and follow-up. Any child who has concerns about fitness or weight gain is welcome.