MUSC Children's Hospital working to reshape future of children's health

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years, according to the CDC.

To try to curb those figures, MUSC Children's Hospital has been working to reshape the future of local children's health.

Jordan McFadden, 9, is proud of the success he has made as part of MUSC Children's Hospital  Heart Health program.

"After I started doing this, I lost seven pounds and my BMI went down by two," said McFadden.

Jordan's mother Vanessa says she knows all too well how it felt as a child to be overweight.

"You don't realize how much it affects you and you don't want that for your child," Vanessa said.

MUSC'S Heart Health program is meant to fight weight issues in children while they're young.

"We are tackling obesity in children and teens and working with them from a nutrition standpoint, fitness and psychological standpoint and of course medical," said Dietitian Janet Carter.

Carter says when kids come in the clinic, they not only see a dietician, but have individual sessions with a weight management counselor as well as personalized coaching and group sessions.

"We work with the kids to fit healthy habits into their life. It's working with them to create healthier habits, portion control, making better choices and exercising," Carter said.

Vanessa says she sees the positive changes already in her son. To help tackle childhood obesity, the Heart Health program not only looks at changing eating habits, but helping get kids active as well.

"Our body is designed to be active and the only way you can do that is through exercise,"Carter said.

Exercise is something Jordan now gets plenty of.

"I go outside, play basketball," McFadden said. "Having fun, that's what I do."

MUSC's Heart Health program for kids is for ages 2 to 21. The program accepts most insurance, but your child has to be referred  by their pediatrician.

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