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We Help Kids

Get on Track for a Healthy Weight

Not being at a healthy weight can make anyone unhappy, especially kids. Their self-esteem can fall while their health risks rise, and these issues can persist into adulthood. It’s a situation that can sometimes leave parents feeling helpless and searching for answers.

That’s where AdventHealth for Children, formerly Florida Hospital for Children, comes in. Our team of specialists understands all aspects of weight management for children and teens. We can help your child achieve and maintain a healthy weight while avoiding associated health problems.

Our weight 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 judgement. And also because we care for the whole person — body, mind and spirit.

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Prepare for Your Child’s Appointment

We’re excited to meet your family and learn how we can best support your child’s whole health. Below, you can watch a video tour of the program and find out how to get started, what the program entails and what you can expect from our team of experts. We also encourage you to download, print and fill out the information form (available in English or Spanish) before your child’s first evaluation.

We’re here to help you find the right physician or a location that’s convenient for you.

Learn How Our Wellness Programs

Can Help Your Child Stay Healthy

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With Kindness, Empathy, and Love

Meet Dr. Angela Fals, FAAP, CCMS, Diplomate American Board of Obesity Medicine, Medical Director

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. Our medical director, Dr. Fals, leads by example in providing that care.

Conditions We Treat

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

Meet Our Team

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Indira Abraham-Pratt, PHD

ABPP, Board Certified Clinical Health Psychologist

Angela Fals, MD, FAAP, DABOM, CCMS

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

Olivia De Fanti Exercise Psychologist

Olivia De Fanti

Exercise Physiologist

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Christopher Schnell

RD, LD/N Dietitian

Achieve a Healthy Weight

With a Whole Team by Your Side

Our expert team of Weight and Wellness Care specialists is here to help you achieve a healthier weight and a healthier life. Trust our network of care to help guide and support you in your journey to wellness. With access to a wide range of wellness doctors, weight loss experts, community resources, and local support services, you can count on our multidisciplinary team to help you overcome any roadblocks in your journey to better health. We are here to be your coach — and biggest cheerleader — on the way to success.

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In the Comfort of Your Home

Virtual Visits

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.
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Virtual Learning Tips

How to get your children more active offline

Join Dr. Indira Abraham-Pratt in a recent Ask A Kid Doc segment where she provides valuable tips to parents on the benefits of building 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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Cutting-Edge 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 & 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

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

Awards and Recognitions

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