Healthy Kids U

309.624.9844

Healthy Kids U | Dad and Son

Healthy Kids U partners with children and their families to make healthy lifestyle choices in order to prevent and manage children with obesity-related health problems.

Clinic

Location:
OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois
Pediatric Subspecialty Center
Hillcrest Medical Building
420 NE Glen Oak Ave., Suite 201, Peoria

 

Hours:
Monday: 1 – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. – noon
Thursday: 1 – 5 p.m.

What is Healthy Kids U Clinic?

The Healthy Kids U clinic teaches healthy eating habits, portion control, meal planning and healthy levels of activity and exercise. Healthy Kids U is available to children or teens ages 2 to 18 years old who are referred by their primary health care provider. Through early identification, education and healthy lifestyle changes, we help our patients and their families improve their overall health and wellness.

Our multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Pediatrician
  • Advanced practice nurse
  • Nurse
  • Dietitian
  • Psychologist

Physical therapists and exercise specialists are available by referral, as needed.

What can we expect for the first clinic visit?

At the first visit, the provider, nurse and dietitian will meet together with your child and family. The provider will examine your child and check for any other health issues affecting him or her. The provider and dietitian will share information that will improve your child’s health. Together, you will set specific goals that can help your child and family live a healthier lifestyle.

How often will we come to the clinic and how long will each appointment take?

After the first clinic visit, follow-up visits will usually be scheduled every two to four weeks. These visits usually take about one hour. After six months, you and the team will decide if the visits can be scheduled every two to three months.

How can I help my child or teen in between clinic visits?

At each clinic visit, you and your child or teen will review and reassess goals. As a parent, you can support your child by setting a good example. This means healthy eating, planning healthy snacks or meals for the family and encouraging physical activity.

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Exergaming for Health

Where fun meets health 

The Healthy Kids U team also offers the Exergaming for Health Program. Exergaming for Health uses active gaming for exercise with nutrition and behavior classes designed to help children ages 8 to 15 years old and their families develop healthier habits. Families can also have discounted access to the RiverPlex in Peoria during the program. 

Program location varies at different Peoria Park District facilities. This program does not require a referral.

For more information about the Exergaming program, please call us at (309) 655-7712.

More Resources

For Kids

These awesome games are a blast, but they don’t count as exercise just because they are about staying healthy. Have a great time playing them, but remember that you still need to take a break every so often and get your body moving!

For Parents

For Providers