The Heart Health Program is both the pediatric weight management program of the MUSC Children’s Hospital and the preventive cardiology service of the Children's Heart Center. As a family-centered and lifestyle-oriented program, Heart Health is appropriate for any child or adolescent who has abnormal weight gain and/or associated cardiovascular risk factors, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or pre-diabetes.
The following MUSC News You Can Use package features downloaded pdfs to help your family jump-start its weight loss goals.
- Teen Contract : This is a contract that can be signed by a teen and parents that sets out reasonable goals to achieve weight loss in a systematic way.
- Top 10 Tips: These summarize the highlights of the top 10 ways to help a teen achieve weight loss goals.
- Goal Record sheet: Track your progress with this worksheet that helps you set realistic goals and achieve them.
- Conversation starter: Check out these tips for how to navigate having that conversaton with a child to support his or her efforts at weight loss.
See the story and videos on how to have that conversation with a teen (Part 1 and Part 2) here.
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