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The New Year often is a time for resolutions. One of the most popular resolutions each year is "To Lose Weight." As you consider your own health status as a parent, please ensure that you are thinking about your children’s health as well. Do you have a child who struggles to maintain a healthy weight? Does your child’s weight have an impact on his or her health? If so, you are not alone!

Did you know that Georgia ranks second in the nation for pediatric obesity? Nearly 40% of our youth are overweight! We measure your child’s Body Mass Index at each annual well visit beginning at 2 years of age. BMI is calculated based upon a person’s weight and height (kg/m2). This number is then plotted on BMI-for-age growth charts to obtain a percentile ranking. Children and adolescents with a BMI over the 85% are considered overweight. Unfortunately, overweight children are at risk for many health problems such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and joint problems – just to name a few. Let this be the year that you are empowered to take action to tackle this issue. Here are a few of the resources that you might find helpful.

Strong4Life- This is the largest public awareness campaign on childhood obesity and wellness to ever hit Georgia! It offers programs, partnerships and clinical intervention to help support children when and where they need it. Strong4Life provides resources for your provider to tackle this important issue in the office as well as information and support to help you as a parent at home. The program focuses on reinforcing four simple strategies to promote health: 

Strong For Life

Health4Life– This Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta program is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of childhood obesity. The Health4Life Program consists of a team of doctors, physician assistants, dieticians, psychologists and exercise physiologists who work with patients and their families to provide intensive treatment of obesity. The team works with patients and families to develop personalized physical activity, nutrition, and behavior plans that are supervised and coordinated by the clinical staff to help achieve success. Would you like to learn more about the Health4Life Program? Contact them at  or 404-785-1535

Camp Strong4Life – This camp is designed for children to learn the tools to stay active, eat healthier, and maintain the motivation to succeed. All of this is accomplished while having fun, building self-esteem and making new friends. Children ages 9 to 14 who are overweight (BMI greater than the 85%) are eligible to attend. Camp Strong4Life includes a Family Welcome Weekend, a Family Reunion Weekend and one full week of Camper Week for youth only. For more information contact them at 404-785-7228 or

We Can!Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight. This program provides helpful information and resources for your family to learn more about health weight basics: helping your family to eat right, increase activity, and reduce screen time. Try using the helpful tips in We Can!’s parent tip sheets with your family. Check out their website for useful information to review with your child.

Written by Nicole Smail MD
On behalf of PAMPA

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