Children’s Fitness Clinic

Our Program

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.

Clinic Location & Hours

Location:
Battle Building
1204 W. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA

Phone: 434-982-1607/1-800-251-3627 ext. 2-1607
Fax: 434-244-4411
Email: Susan Cluett, N.P., Program Director

Clinic Hours:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Administration

Christine M. Burt Solorzano, MD – Medical Director
Susan Cluett, C.R.N.P. – Program Director
Anna King, CTRS  – Outreach Program Coordinator
Elina Bank, RDN – Registered Dietitian
Cory Kohler, MS, RD– Registered Dietitian

Health Tips for Parents!
  • Follow MyPlate as your map for healthy eating. Encourage your child to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables at every meal.
  • 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.