Fit Kids Health Services Program
The Fit Kids of Arizona clinical program is open to any child who meets the admission criteria:
• Body mass index (BMI) for age and gender greater than the 85thth percentile regardless of health condition
• Fit Kids of Arizona must receive a referral from your child’s physician, school nurse, or other medical provider. Your child’s physician will also send you to receive blood lab work. Fit Kids requests these blood tests include a comprehensive metabolic panel, lipid panel, glycosylated hemoglobin, insulin and thyroid-stimulating hormone level on each child in order to determine if your child’s weight is impacting his/ her health.
There are four primary focus areas of the comprehensive clinical program:
1. Medical Examination
The purpose of this evaluation is to identify any core medical problems (such as a hormone disorder) and presence of, or potential for future, problems (including high blood lipids, blood sugar or blood pressure).
2. Physical Activity Counseling
An exercise specialist will work with patients to develop a safe and fun activity plan and undergo a fitness exam.
3. Nutrition Counseling
Making changes in food choices is the key nutritional approach used by Fit Kids. Prior to the first visit, all patients (or caregivers) are asked to keep a record of foods eaten. After a complete review of this information, goals will be set specific to the patient and their family. Weight-reducing drugs are not used in the Fit Kids program.
4. Behavioral Change
Behavioral change efforts focus on encouraging patients and caregivers to change diet and physical activity level. The program incorporates individual and family counseling sessions. These sessions also may help children cope with the stress related to being overweight.
Contact one of our main hub offices with questions:
Verde Valley: 928-634-1880