Junk food can be found everywhere your child turns. It’s at her friend’s birthday party, her school celebrations and sporting events. Even her grandmother has a designated cupboard specifically designed to satisfy your child’s sweet tooth. We can’t always control what happens outside our home, but we can control what happens inside our home. So […]
Got a crabby or bored toddler on your hands? There’s nothing like a blast of sunshine and fresh air to turn that frown upside down. Not only are the great outdoors good for her mood, but it’s important for her health, too! “Kids are naturally drawn to physical play outdoors,” said Amy Chand, youth fitness […]
Stylish and colorful fitness trackers are a hit with kids, and they just might do some good. Amy Chand, youth fitness specialist at the Akron Children’s Hospital weight management clinic, said wearable fitness trackers or activity trackers are a great idea for kids. “It helps them stay motivated and accountable because they can track it,” […]
Akron Children’s Hospital psychologist Kevin Triemstra works with children and teens who need help dealing with medical problems such as obesity or Type 1 diabetes. Kids can easily be overwhelmed by demands to monitor their food intake and take insulin several times a day. If doctor orders seem too daunting, they may not be motivated […]
It may be the cold, dark days of winter, but there are still plenty of opportunities to stay light on your feet. In this video, Dr. Michelle Levitt, a healthy weight specialist at Akron Children’s Hospital, offers some simple, yet creative ways to keep children active throughout the year.
When Deanna was just 4 years old, she was already being treated for Type 2 Diabetes and her body mass index, or BMI, reached as high as 37 when it should be closer to 21. Excessive weight is one of the most significant risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes, and BMI measures body fat based on height and weight. Since Type 2 Diabetes can often be prevented or managed through weight loss and increased physical activity, Deanna – and her family – made a commitment to do just that.