Children’s Fitness Clinic
The University of Virginia Children’s Fitness Clinic (CFC) is a six-month behavior modification program to help you and your overweight child make healthy lifestyle changes in a positive, team-structured environment. The CFC is the first multidisciplinary weight management clinic in Virginia. Our team includes a registered dietitian, an exercise physiologist and a nurse practitioner. We perform an initial evaluation of your child, including a medical exam. Based on your child’s individual needs, the clinic works closely with you and your child to develop a treatment plan with realistic goals for improving your child’s health through dietary and lifestyle changes.
Our Mission is to:
- promote a healthy lifestyle among children
- decrease childhood obesity through nutrition and activity goals
The CFC program is for children who are at or above the 85th percentile in body mass index (BMI). This is a measure of the child’s weight relative to age and height and a common method for assessing a person’s adiposity, or body fat. An elevated BMI increases risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, elevated cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.
1204 W. Main Street
Phone: 434-982-1607/1-800-251-3627 ext. 2-1607
Email: Susan Cluett, N.P., Program Director
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Friday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Follow the Food Guide Pyramid as your map for healthy eating. Encourage your child to eat fruits and vegetables at every meal and introduce them to a large variety.
- Encourage your child to eat breakfast every day and model this behavior.
- Watch portions of your child’s food.
- Choose healthy options when eating out.
- Drink healthy beverages. Avoid drinks with more than 10 calories/serving.
- For more nutrition tips, go to EatRight.org.
- Your child should participate in at least 1 hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day… 2 hours is even better!
- For home fitness ideas, check out SparkPeople.com and local resources like Charlottesville City Parks and Recreationand Albemarle County Parks and Recreation for structured activities.
- Review your child’s height, weight, and BMI and discuss their diet and activity level with your healthcare provider at each visit.
- Reduce your child’s screen time. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 2 hours of screen time per day for children: this includes television, computers, video games and hand-held games.