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Healthy Active Living

When it comes to weight management, every child’s needs are different.  We use a personalized approach to support your child for success in both losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

We have one focus: kids.

The Healthy Active Living program provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children and teens who are overweight. Our multidisciplinary team at the Akron campus cares for patients with more serious weight-related issues. Our team includes a physician, psychologist, certified nurse practitioner, dietitian and exercise physiologist.

Healthy Active Living sessions are available at regional sites, led by a pediatrician who specializes in obesity medicine. This regional program consists of five visits that provide education on food choices, sleep and exercise. Each session is billed to your insurance like a regular medical visit. Ask your pediatrician about the location nearest you.

Regardless of the program option you choose, we will address the medical, psychological, nutritional and fitness aspects of your child’s weight issue.

What to expect.

At the Akron location or regional sites, we will provide an initial assessment to identify barriers to treatment, determine motivation to make lifestyle changes and develop an individualized treatment plan.

Follow-up visits in Akron may include some or all of the following team members: medical provider, registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, pediatric psychologist and social worker.

Follow-up visits at regional sites include four, one-hour weekly educational sessions with a medical provider.

If you are interested in our services, please speak to your child’s physician or call the Healthy Active Living program at 330-543-5673, and ask about a location near you.

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Healthy Active Living
Akron Children's Hospital Healthy Active Living, Akron
Main Hospital Building
214 West Bowery Street
Orange Elevators, Suite 6400
Akron, Ohio 44308
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Healthy Active Living, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Healthy Active Living, Boardman
Leonard J. Fisher Family Building
6505 Market Street, Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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Healthy Active Living, Green
Akron Children's Hospital Healthy Active Living, Green
1622 East Turkeyfoot Lake Road
Akron, Ohio 44312
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Marnie Walston
Marnie Walston, MD

Medical Director, Healthy Active Living Program; Pediatrician

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Michelle Levitt, MD, FAAP



Geoffrey Putt, PsyD

Pediatric Psychologist

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Amy Perusek, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Other Providers:

What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Limiting the Number of Caregivers and Face Covering

The number of caregivers permitted to accompany a child to an appointment is dependent on the department you are visiting. Everyone visiting an Akron Children's facility is asked to wear masks or face coverings, except for kids under 2 or those with sensory issues. Masks will be provided for visitors who do not bring their own.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.

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