United Healthcare Activate for Kids

School Wellness Initiative

At The Doctor

If you have concerns about your child’s weight or overall health, your first step is to have him or her evaluated by a health professional. Ignoring symptoms such as poor eating habits, fatigue, lack of interest in trying new activities, and noticeable changes in weight, mood or physical appearance could signal an underlying problem.

The doctor’s office is full of resources for parents. Ask about handouts addressing issues and conditions that could be relevant to an overweight child. If you’re not worried about any specific symptoms, use a well-child visit to have the doctor conduct a weight and nutrition assessment. Your physician, nurse or the school nutritionist can be an excellent ally in helping you develop a healthy lifestyle for your child.

BMI Screening: Find out if Your Child Is Overweight

BMI Screening: Find out if Your Child Is Overweight

As early as age 2, a Body Mass Index (BMI) screening can alert you to possible weight problems ahead for your child.

Depression in Overweight Children

Depression in Overweight Children

Overweight children are often teased by their peers or even family members. This can put them at risk for self-esteem issues and depression.

The A-to-Z of Health Problems in Overweight Teens

The A-to-Z of Health Problems in Overweight Teens

Overweight teens are at risk for arthritis and diabetes, which usually afflict adults. Learn about these and other health risks for teens struggling with weight.

Understanding the Guidelines for Well-Child Visits

Understanding the Guidelines for Well-Child Visits

Is it time to take your kids to the doctor? Learn the guidelines and find out when it's time for your child's next well check.

Ignoring Childhood Obesity Can Lead to Long-Term Health Problems

Ignoring Childhood Obesity Can Lead to Long-Term Health Problems

Parents, take heed! Our children's eating habits and lack of exercise is putting them at risk for obesity and chronic disease. See how you can start making changes today.

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