Children's Fitness Clinic
Monday - Tuesday, Thursday | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Parking: Free for patients and visitors.
Park in the 11th Street Garage.
Enter the Battle Building on Level C.
Shuttle service: Runs every 30 minutes, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Find shuttle stop locations.
The Children's Fitness Clinic is a six-month behavior modification program to help you and your child make healthy lifestyle changes in a positive environment. Our team includes a pediatric endocrinologist, a registered dietitian and a nurse practitioner.
The program is for children ages six months to 21 years and who are at or above the 85th percentile in body mass index (BMI).
The clinic works closely with you and your child to develop an individualized treatment plan with realistic goals and dietary and lifestyle changes.
Partnership With Endocrinology
The Children's Fitness Clinic is part of UVA's Division of Endocrinology. This partnership allows us to provide your child with better access to care for insulin resistance and early onset type 2 diabetes. We also offer a clinic for children with obesity-related medical problems.
Ask your doctor for a referral to our clinic if:
- Your child's BMI is at the 85th percentile or higher
- Your family has a history of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or obesity
Learn more about our pediatric services.
Health Tips for Parents
In addition to using our services, we encourage all families to make healthy decisions. Tips include:
- 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.
- Teach your child that his or her portions of food should each be about the size of his or her palm (likely smaller than yours).
- Make half of every meal fruits and vegetables.
- Choose healthy options when eating out.
- Avoid drinks with more than 10 calories per serving. Encourage your child to enjoy the same beverages your pets do — milk and water!
- 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.
- 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.
- Review your child's height, weight and BMI and discuss their diet and activity level with your healthcare provider at each visit.