Programs for Children
Nutritional needs during adolescence are increased because of the increased growth rate and changes in body composition associated with puberty. The increased need for nutrients and energy coincides with the rise in responsibilities and commitments that occurs during adolescence. Many kids resort to skipping meals, nutrient poor convenience food, and sugary snacks to be able to keep up with the demands of their busy life.1
National and population-based surveys have found that adolescents often fail to meet dietary recommendations. Many adolescents receive a higher proportion of calories from unhealthy fats and sugar and have a lower intake of vitamin A, folic acid, fiber, iron, calcium, and zinc than is recommended.4 These nutrient deficiencies can impair cognitive function and physical performance, and increase the risk for obesity, coronary heart disease, certain types of cancer, stroke, and type 2 diabetes later in life.5-9
Because nutrients are involved in every process in every cell of our body, the absence of adequate nutrients in the diet can exacerbate problems that seem to be increasingly affecting our children today including autism, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. By learning the cellular role of food in our body, kids and teens may become empowered to take charge of their health.
How We Can Help
- We will meet with your child (age 10 or older) to discuss current dietary habits and help them find ways to incorporate healthier choices.
- Perform nutritional testing to determine any nutrient deficiencies and devise a supplement and dietary plan accordingly.
- Discuss physical activity and dietary support for athletic goals
- Females can meet with our staff of all female gynecologists to discuss any menstrual cycle concerns that arise (this may require more than a standard insurance visit).
We do not offer treatments specific to autism at our clinic, but have found that treating nutrient deficiencies found with nutritional testing can help alleviate some of the common symptoms seen in Autism and other Spectrum disorders such as ADHD. See our recommended Autism Resources for more information.
Your Initial Visit - In this first visit, our wellness team will review current and past health symptoms, familiarize ourselves with your medical history and get an idea of your health goals. We will also discuss our options for lab testing, and provide an initial meal and wellness plan. This visit is $100 and will be approximately 45-60 minutes.
Your Results Visit - This is an extremely comprehensive visit that reviews your test results. Meals, exercise and supplement recommendations will be tailored to support your health goals and optimize a healthy lifestyle, as well as to meet your body’s specific nutrient requirements. This visit is $150 and will be approximately 60 minutes.
Additional Visits - We recommend that you incorporate one of these visits at least quarterly into your health plan and have nutritional testing completed yearly to track your progress. This visit is $100 and will be approximately 30-45 minutes.
These appointments with a nutritionist are not covered by insurance.
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- Larson NI, Neumark-Sztainer D, Hannan PJ, Story M. Trends in adolescent fruit and vegetable consumption, 1999-2004: project EAT. Am J Prev Med 2007; 32:147.
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- Dauchet L, Amouyel P, Hercberg S, Dallongeville J. Fruit and vegetable consumption and risk of coronary heart disease: a meta-analysis of cohort studies. J Nutr 2006; 136:2588.
- Thompson DR, Obarzanek E, Franko DL, et al. Childhood overweight and cardiovascular disease risk factors: the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Growth and Health Study. J Pediatr 2007; 150:18.
- Pan Y, Pratt CA. Metabolic syndrome and its association with diet and physical activity in US adolescents. J Am Diet Assoc 2008; 108:276.
- Van Horn L, McCoin M, Kris-Etherton PM, et al. The evidence for dietary prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. J Am Diet Assoc 2008; 108:287.