Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine

Healthy Steps Clinic

Request an appointment at our Healthy Steps Clinic in St. Petersburg to see our pediatric obesity specialists. Virtual appointments are coming soon!

Visit Florida’s leading clinic for pediatric obesity

Healthy Steps is a clinic that specializes in treating toddlers, children, and adolescents, up to 21 years of age, with weight issues including rapid weight gain and unhealthy weight.

We offer an individualized, evidence-based team approach to the assessment and treatment of weight problems. Families will meet with registered dietitians, certified strength and conditioning specialist, psychologist, and an obesity medicine-certified general pediatrician to address all areas impacting weight.

When providers and families collaborate, they can create healthy lifestyles, one healthy step at a time.

Who is eligible for the Healthy Steps Clinic?

Any patient with the following criteria is eligible for clinic:

  • Children and young adults aged 0-21 with rapid weight gain or unhealthy weight
  • Families motivated to make lifestyle changes
  • Insurance eligibility can be determined by calling our office

What services do we provide for patients?

  • A full medical assessment by an obesity medicine-certified general pediatrician including a bio-impedance measurement to accurately identify obesity risk
  • Nutritional assessment by registered dietitians who provide tailored nutritional goals specific to the patient and family
  • Behavioral health assessment by a psychologist to assess patient or parental concerns related to mood, self-image, school performance or other
  • Families receive tailored lifestyle goals, necessary laboratory evaluation and/or additional specialist referrals when needed

What should I expect in my first visit to Healthy Steps?

Our goal is to get to know your child and family and provide goals that make sense for you.
Topics discussed include:

  • Snack, meal, and beverage choices
  • Activity preferences and patterns
  • Family routines
  • Sleep routine
  • Concerns or issues related to behavior, mood, or self-esteem

Most families should expect to commit about two hours for their first visit. Following visits will focus on review of goals outlined. During follow-up visits, families will work with dietitians, psychologists, and physicians for continued progress. Often, lab work may be needed on initial and follow-up visits.

Download: What to Expect When You Visit

Virtual Clinic
Visit Timing
Goals of Visit Resources Available to Eligible Families
Visit 1
  • Meet the team (MD, RD, PhD)
  • Assess Your 4 Pillars; Identify Lifestyle Strengths and Opportunities 
  • Review Bioimpedance report
  • Screen for weight-related medical issues
  • Introduce Go Slow Whoa Approach
  • Develop 1st SMART goal
  • Digital scale
  • Blood pressure monitoring device
  • Goal sheet
  • Go Slow Whoa Food list
Visit 2
  • Review labs, review ambulatory blood pressure, review bioimpedance report
  • Review goals from prior visit
  • Identify non-scale victories (NSVs): Increased energy, improved mood, better fit of clothes
  • Complete “Refrigerator and Pantry Tour” to assess family food environment
  • Review lifestyle strengths and opportunities
  • Develop next SMART goals
  • Age-appropriate dietary resources (serving sizes and eating patterns)
  • Goal sheet
  • Bioimpedance interpretation
Visit 3
  • Review goals from prior visit
  • Identify NSVs
  • Introduce meal-prep and snack planning strategies
  • Review current lifestyle strengths and opportunities Introduce age-appropriate portion control and appetite control strategies
  • Develop next SMART goals; develop weight loss goal (if indicated)
  • Bioimpedance interpretation
  • Foods that fill you up handout
  • Appetite strategies handout
Visit 4
  • Review goals from prior visit
  • Identify NSVs
  • Introduce food-logs and food tracking as strategy for more focused recommendations
  • Review lifestyle strengths and opportunities
  • Develop next SMART goals; continue weight loss goal (if indicated)
  • Food logs handout
Visit 5
  • Review goals from prior visit
  • Identify NSVs, SV as indicated
  • Introduce concept of hidden sugars and label reading
  • Review food logs, advise on specific alternatives based on logs
  • Review activity level and introduce SMART activity goals and tracking strategies
  • Fitbit tracking device
Visit 6
  • Review goals, Review bioimpedance report
  • Identify NSV, SVs
  • Review and introduce hydration strategies, Rethinking your Drink
  • Review activity progress and barriers
  • Develop next SMART goals; continue towards weight loss goal (if indicated)
  • Healthy drink options
  • Hydration strategies handout
Visit 7
  • Review goals, from prior visit review bioimpedance report
  • Identify NSVs, SVs,
  • Introduce concept of stress-related eating and food rewards
  • Review activity progress
  • Develop next SMART goals; continue towards weight loss goal
Visit 8
  • Review goals from prior visit, review bioimpedance report
  • Identify NSVs, SVs
  • Review past dietary concepts, 4 pillars
  • Develop next SMART goals
  • Plan for follow up in 1-3 months pending family’s progress

Questions about pediatric obesity or appointments?

Call our Healthy Steps Clinic staff to setup a visit or make a referral.