Portland Pediatric Nutrition works with families to nurture a healthy, sensible approach to eating in order to achieve positive lifestyle changes. On average, it takes 30 days for a new goal to become a habit. Without support and consistency, people often fail to accomplish their health goals. If a healthier family is your priority, the EATS program is for you. As a parent, YOU are the best role model for your child. It’s your job to provide food and meals at home and it’s your child’s job to decide what and how much to eat. Families that work on goals together are more likely to succeed and establish healthier habits that last a lifetime.
Family involvement in the treatment of both adolescent obesity and Eating Disorders has been determined to be more effective than an adolescent-only focus. An integrated approach to the prevention of obesity and EDs focuses less on weight and more on healthy family-based lifestyle modification that can be sustained.
— American Academy of Pediatrics, August 2016
The EATS program consists of 6 sessions covering:
- The “How” of Eating: Attitudes and actions of eating, the parent/child relationship around eating.
- The “What” of Eating: Food and balanced eating. How food choices can make a difference in our energy level and how we feel.
- Meal planning: I believe family meals are one of the most important thing families can do together. This component provides you with meal planning tools and assistance and a system that works for your household.
- Joyful Movement: How to make exercise a fun, weekly habit we enjoy.
- Sleep: Lack of sleep can elevate our hormones, increasing our hunger. We’ll discuss good sleep habits as an important factor to overall health.
- Stress and Anxiety Reduction: Discussion on how to reduce stress to improve overall hormone function.
- Mindfulness and Intuitive Eating: We’ll cover “food freedom”, removing the fear often surrounded by over and under eating.
This program is for you if:
- Someone in the family is dissatisfied with their weight or overall health.
- Your teen has been recently diagnosed with PCOS or prediabetes.
- You are planning a family or currently pregnant and want to optimize your nutrition and health.
- You have a history of an eating disorder and want to help your children be mindful eaters.
- Your family wants to revamp their eating and health habits to improve overall health and relationship to food.
The majority of the sessions will be for the parents only, especially when young children in the family are overweight. Research shows that weight talk is not beneficial and actually harmful to kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated their statement on treating overweight kids to reflect this current research. This program doesn’t support dieting, only healthy behavior changes that will help your family be healthier.