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Nutrition and lifestyle education are paramount at an early age

At Spectrum Nutrition, our team of Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists are here to help and guide you or your child to achieving healthy changes for life.

If you are concerned about your child or teenager’s weight or health, you can book in for an initial consultation. In this initial consultation we will assess:

  • Height for age

  • Weight for age

  • BMI for age

  • Current diet and lifestyle

  • Energy levels/ mood/ sleep etc.

We take the young person’s entire diet and lifestyle into account. Based on our findings, we will set a goal for the young person. It is important to note that because children are still growing, weight loss is not always the primary goal. For many, weight maintenance will be a realistic goal as they continue to grow. This will be tailored on an individual basis as there is no one size fits all.

What do we cover in The Healthy Life programme?

Our Healthy Life Programme consists of 5 sessions. They each cover a different topic and challenges and goals are set for the young person at the end of each session. Your Dietitian or Nutritionist will recommend how often you and your child should attend. There is no time limit in which to use the sessions but in general, reviews will be every 2-3 weeks.

Session 1: Eating for growth

In this session we look at how the young person’s diet compares to that of healthy eating recommendations. We educate the young person on different food groups so that they know exactly what they should aim to include in their diet but most importantly, why!

Session 2: Fruit and Veg - are you getting yours?

In this session we look at the important role that fruit and veg play in healthy growth. Through education and challenges we look at how the young person can include fruit and vegetables in their diet in a way that they enjoy.

Session 3: Your body is made to move

We know from recent statistics that young people are getting too much screen time and not enough physical activity. In this session we look at what counts as exercise and how the child/teenager can get moving more. The most important thing is finding movement that they enjoy and can maintain for life.

Session 4: Junk food reduction

Clever marketing and advertising are often targeted at children and teenagers making junk food super appealing. No food should be banned or completely restricted as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. In this session we discuss the dangers of eating junk-food regularly and how you can still have small amounts and be healthy.

Session 5: Healthy Habits for Life

We know that it can take weeks or months to maintain new healthy habits. In this session we look at what might be getting in the way of adopting healthy habits and provide solutions to overcome unhealthy habits once and for all. We are not looking for drastic changes that can’t be maintained. The goal is to incorporate realistic changes that can be maintained for life.

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Do I need to attend?

All children or teenagers will need to attend with at least one adult as this is a family centered approach.

Do I need to attend weekly?

Generally, you will be asked to return for your first review after 7-10 days to ensure that everything is going smoothly. After that, sessions can be spread out every 2-3 weeks, but we are flexible. As long as the young person is getting the best result.

How much is the programme?

The initial consultation is €45. We like you to attend for a consultation first to ensure that your child or teenager is happy with our approach. If you decide to sign up for the Healthy Life Programme, it is €200 for 5 sessions. You may also be eligible to claim back if you have private health insurance.

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