• Improving Heart Health Through Obesity Treatment

    The Center for Better Health and Nutrition (CBHN) is the obesity prevention program of the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s. Our mission is to address the health concerns of overweight and obese youths through comprehensive, family-based treatment.

    We are committed to developing community-based programs to reverse the growing trend of obesity and its related health complications. We are also actively involved in research to help advance the science of obesity prevention and treatment for youth.

    Reversing the Growing Trend of Obesity

    Parents tell us everyday that obesity makes it harder for their kids to experience the joy of childhood.  They tell us obesity limits their child’s ability to keep up with friends when they play outside. They tell us their child struggles to deal with adult illnesses like sleep apnea and diabetes. And they tell us how their child gets teased or bullied more often due to their weight, making it harder to fit in at school. 

    Because we hear stories like this every day, our goal is to help these young people achieve successful long-term changes in their weight and their health.

  • The CBHN serves overweight and obese youth and adolescents of all ages with a body mass index (BMI) at the 85th percentile or above.  BMI is used to determine if your child is at a healthy weight for their age and height. 

    Our approach to treating obesity is unique.  We pull together experts from a wide range of specialties including:

    As part of your child's care, he or she, along with the rest of family, will receive nutrition counseling as well as fun, non-competitive group exercise classes and the opportunity to join our Fun2BFit program with the YMCA.

    Referrals can be made to the Center for Better Health and Nutrition by a child’s primary care provider or a family member if the child is experiencing one or more of the following:

    • BMI at the 85th percentile or above
    • Rapid weight gain
    • Health concern(s) related to being overweight or obese

    Referring medical providers can obtain a fasting laboratory evaluation for health-related problems of obesity or this can be done as part of the initial CBHN medical visit.  If labs are obtained prior to this visit, we recommend the following be done after a 12-hour fast:

    • Liver enzymes (AST, ALT, GGT)
    • Lipid profile (Total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol and triglycerides)
    • Insulin, glucose, Hemoglobin A1C
    • Thyroid test (TSH)

    If available, it is also helpful if the child’s growth curves are sent to CBHN prior to the child’s first visit.

    For more information or to make an appointment or referral, contact HealthWorks! at 513-636-4305.

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