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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Ankeny)

1055 Southwest Oralabor Road
Ankeny, IA 50023

Current Estimated Wait:
1 hr 51 min

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Current Estimated Wait:
2 hr 55 min

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E Hickman Rd
Waukee, IA 50263

Current Estimated Wait:
1 hr 11 min

UnityPoint Clinic Behavioral Health Urgent Care - Des Moines

1250 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316

Current Estimated Wait:
0 hr 29 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th Street Southwest
Altoona, IA 50009

Current Estimated Wait:
4 hr 45 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ankeny Medical Park

3625 North Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, IA 50023

Current Estimated Wait:
3 hr 39 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

Current Estimated Wait:
3 hr 23 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Current Estimated Wait:
3 hr 35 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320

Current Estimated Wait:
1 hr 38 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Urbandale

5200 NW 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

Current Estimated Wait:
3 hr 34 min
Blank Children's Hospital

Healthy Kids Program

Healthy Kids is a program for children and families who would like to create a healthier lifestyle, improve health habits and decrease the risk of additional medical concerns associated with elevated Body Mass Index (BMI). No two families are the same. This program adapts treatment to your family's needs. The Healthy Kids Program utilizes a multi-disciplinary team approach to help families set small, attainable goals based off healthy eating and activity recommendations. The program offers weekly contact with the wellness coach to help your family stay focused on your goals and to problem-solve any challenges that might arise. Families will also have follow-up appointments in the office with the team to monitor lab work and BMI and to address medical needs.

What will happen at our visit? 

Your first visit will take up to 2 hours. You will meet with each of the following people on the team. 

  • Courtney Reints, DNP, ARNP, CPNP is the medical provider for the Healthy Kids Program. She will review your medical history and lab work. She will offer recommendations for behaviorally-based goals and address any co-morbidities or concerns you or your child may have. She will help develop a treatment plan that is individually tailored to the child and his/her family.
  • Alex Ceryanec is the dietician for the program. She will review your current eating habits, provide education on nutrition, and make recommendations for improving nutrition for the patient and family.
  • Julia Richards Krapfl is the wellness coach who will be calling you on the phone every week. She will help you set behaviorally-based goals to work toward and develop a specific plan to help you reach those goals in small steps.
How does my child get referred to the program?
Patients and families can be referred to the office by their primary care provider, care coordinator, or nurse. Patients must meet the following referral criteria:
  • 2-18 years old 
  • BMI at the 99th percentile or above or at the 95th percentile with co-morbidities 
  • Previous attempts of working with your primary care provider, nurse, or care coordinator on healthy habits goals. Documentation for at least three visits in the past 12 months is necessary. 
  • Family is ready to make lifestyle changes and willing to work toward goals with clinic providers and staff. 
  • Family is willing to have weekly phone calls with the wellness coach to review progress and set new goals. 
  • Attend monthly follow-up visits in the office. 

We will communicate closely with your primary care provider who will continue to follow you for your routine health care needs. 

5-2-1-0 Healthy Care and Provider Resources 

The 5-2-1-0 Health Care program was started by Blank Children's Hospital in partnership with several other organizations to engage and support primary care providers in the assessment and initial treatment of elevated BMI in their offices. The Healthy Kids Program provides outreach to health care providers by offering training, webinars, and resources to help prevent and treat elevated BMI in their patients. Frequently requested topics include Motivational Interviewing, Brief Action Planning, Weight Stigma, 5-2-1-0 Health Care and providing Stage 1 and Stage 2 treatment. 

The resources listed below include links to pre-recorded webinars, resources for patients, information on the American Academy of Pediatrics Algorithm for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, information on Stage 1 and Stage 2 treatment, a self-coaching guide to help families get started making changes, as well as handouts about a variety of healthy habits topics. 

AAP Algorithm and Stage 1/2 Treatment Guidance

Iowa State Extension - Buy Eat Live Healthy

Iowa State Extension-Spend Smart Eat Smart 

Iowa Medical Society 

AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight 

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