Five Newark health care providers are ready to introduce Let’s Move! in the Clinic, an important milestone in NJPHK-Newark’s work with the healthcare sector.
The Let’s Move! healthy lifestyle toolkit is designed to help health care providers talk with patients, parents, guardians and other care givers about the nutritional and physical activity needs of children.
Health care providers are encouraged to make a commitment to measure BMI and counsel patients about optimal nutrition and physical activity. Those who sign the Health Professionals Pledge—to help move us closer to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation—receive a personalized Let’s Move! certificate to post in their clinic.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey Department of Pediatrics and one school-based clinic housed in Central High School sponsored by the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center have agreed to adopt Let’s Move! in the Clinic. NJPHK-Newark also will be working to implement the toolkit in two private pediatric practices in efforts to make this a standard practice of care.
The main resource for health care providers is a prescription for Healthy Living that provides guidelines for families and children to follow, including five fruits and vegetables daily, one hour or more of physical activity, limiting screen time (e.g., TV and computer games) and replacing sweetened drinks with water or low-fat milk.