Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Healthy Steps Clinic

A part of Johns Hopkins All Children's Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine

Healthy Steps is a clinic that specializes in treating 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 adolescents age 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 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
  • Exercise capacity assessment by a trained exercise specialist. Patients and families receive goals specific to developmental and physical abilities
  • 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 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, psychologist and physician for continued progress. Often, lab work may be needed on initial and follow-up visits.

Questions? Give us a call

We want to answer your questions. For more information, call us today.

Download a referral form

A member of our team will be in touch after we recieve a completed form from your pediatrician.