When you are 17, the last thing you should be worrying about is a potential heart attack. Yet one was possibly looming in Casper’s future. He was referred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for elevated Triglycerides – 3 times higher than normal.
Casper was enrolled into the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition and then into the New U program at Nationwide Children’s where they taught him how to incorporate activity and healthy eating into his lifestyle. Casper has lost 80 pounds since he started this program in June 2014. He now attends a gym, has improved his strength, and has more than doubled his laps for the Cardio Pacer test. He has also increased the number of planks, sit ups, push-ups, burpees (full body exercise) that he can do at one time.
The Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a comprehensive approach to weight management in children. For prevention, the Center works with physicians to help educate families through a stepwise approach to establishing healthful food and activity habits early in life. For children who are already overweight, the center offers family-based programs covering everyday diet and fitness education to re-establish a more healthy weight. The Center also offers surgical options for children with complications which necessitate this approach.
“Nationwide Children’s means that I have a healthier son and a healthier family. Children’s has taught the whole family to be more active and to eat healthier. Thanks for saving my son and the rest of the family in the process,” says Casper’s mom, Meg.
Today, when not at the gym, Casper enjoys throwing the ball with his cousins, running, hiking and riding his bike. He has inspired his family to make healthier eating choices.