The Healthy Lifestyles program seeks to address weight-related health problems for children by offering caring providers, family-centered treatment programs, highly trained educators and researchers, and strong community partnerships. Keeping a journal of the time of day and what you were doing when you felt stress can be helpful. Many people have also found a mood calendar to be a great help. DBSA offers a personal calendar to track symptoms of mania and depression, mood swings, medications taken, and co-existing symptoms. You can also go online and use our free DBSA Wellness Tracker , an interactive tool designed to chart your moods, symptoms, lifestyle, medication, and overall physical health. It allows you to generate reports to see trends or patterns in your health that you can share with your health care provider.
Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean hours of training at the gym and eating only salad leaves. It’s about making easy-to-manage healthy choices in your day-to-day living. Many people think they only need to see a doctor when they are sick or injured. The truth is, health care providers are also experts at preventing illnesses and finding and treating problems before you ever feel sick.
Obesity-related co-morbid health conditions are the second leading cause of preventable death, following tobacco use. One-third of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or obese, and the dramatic rise in the prevalence of pediatric obesity has been predicted to lead to a decline in overall life expectancy. Obese children are at high risk for dyslipidemia, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Obese children are also more likely to suffer from obesity as adults. Given the large number of children who are overweight or obese, there is an overwhelming need for effective treatment for overweight and obese children.
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