Kids Cooking Class

Helping Kids Find a Healthier Weight

Not being at a healthy weight can make anyone, especially kids, feel unhappy and even depressed. Their self-esteem can fall while their health risks rise, and these issues can persist into adulthood. It’s a situation that leaves parents searching for solutions and support.

That’s where AdventHealth for Children comes in. Our team of specialists understands all aspects of weight loss and management for teens and children. We can help your child achieve and maintain a healthy weight while avoiding associated physical and mental health concerns.

Our weight loss and management program has another essential component: wellness. We help your child move into the future as a healthy, happy adult. Our program works because we talk to kids without jargon or judgment. And also because we care for their whole health — body, mind and spirit.

Find the right pediatric weight management specialist to help your child reach their health goals.

How We Support Your Child's Whole Health

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Dr. Fals

Meet Our Medical Director

Angela Fals, MD, FAAP, DABOM, CCMS

You can count on our skilled weight management and wellness staff to provide personalized care that works. We know how to talk to kids, and we consider your whole family as part of the care team. Leading by example in providing the best care is our medical director, Angela Fals, MD, FAAP, CCMS, Diplomate American Board of Obesity Medicine.

Conditions We Treat

  • Depression Screening
  • Distorted Body Image
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol and Triglycerides
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Prediabetes (Insulin Resistance and Impaired Glucose Tolerance)
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Rapid Weight Gain
  • Severe Obesity
  • Sleep Apnea/Sleep Disorders
  • Type 2 Diabetes (with Endocrinologist)

Meet Our Team

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Indira Abraham Pratt, PHD

Indira Abraham-Pratt, PHD

ABPP, Board-Certified Clinical Health Psychologist

Angela Fals, MD, FAAP, DABOM, CCMS

Angela Fals, MD, FAAP, DABOM, CCMS

FAAP, Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine, Medical Director

Olivia De Fanti Exercise Psychologist

Olivia De Fanti, MS, CSCS, EP-C

Exercise Physiologist

Chris Schnell

Christopher Schnell

RD, LD/N Dietitian

Adolescent Bariatric Surgery

Childhood obesity is a complex condition that can impact an adolescent’s health in many different ways. Together with your family, our multispecialty adolescent bariatric care team will guide you and your child through your personalized weight-loss options to determine the best path for care. AdventHealth for Children has the only accredited Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program in Central Florida offering bariatric procedures and a range of support services to help your child and family maintain a healthier lifestyle.

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Virtual Visits In the Comfort of Your Home

In this time of uncertainty, you can count on us for all your health care needs.

Our services are still available to you during the coronavirus pandemic. You can speak with one of our expert weight and wellness specialists in a video visit or phone call and may be advised to make an in-person visit, if it’s deemed necessary.

We currently offer the following types of appointments:

  • New and Follow up Virtual Visits with full weight management multidisciplinary team (pediatric obesity medicine physician, child clinical health psychologist, registered dietitian, and exercise physiologist.
  • Partial Virtual Visits – New and Follow up Virtual Visits COMBINED WITH a short in-person nurse only visit for a metabolism and clinical assessment prior to the full team virtual visit.
  • Additional Virtual Visits – Virtual Visits with the child clinical health psychologist, registered dietitian and/or exercise physiologist to continue working on specific healthy goals.
  • Virtual Personal and Small Group Training Sessions – Virtual Trainings with our exercise physiologist and health educators.
  • Virtual Health Coaching – by health and wellness educators; supplemental to our program.
Ask a Kid Doc Video Splash

Ask a Kid Doc: Screen Time, Healthy Eating and More

In this Ask a Kid Doc segment, pediatric clinical health psychologist Dr. Indira Abraham-Pratt provides valuable tips for parents and explains the benefits of healthy eating habits, the dangers of too much screen time and how to get your child to be more active and engaged offline.

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Turning Good Food into Medicine at The Kitchen House

Sometimes the best health care happens in the kitchen — especially if the food comes from a garden just outside the door. That’s what happens at The Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House and Culinary Garden, which is better known as The Kitchen House.

Kids come to plant garden vegetables, harvest them and help cook delicious meals. They take their skills and knowledge home with them, where they can replicate easy meals and share important lessons about nutrition and cooking. AdventHealth for Children is at the forefront of this move to start kids off with good eating habits, and to help them be ambassadors for healthy eating. Learn More

Dr. Angela Fals is also a Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist (CCMS)

Awards and Recognitions

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