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Pediatric Fitness Clinic Tests

Pediatric Fitness

Pediatric Fitness Clinic Tests

At the UW Health Pediatric Fitness Clinic, we offer a multi-disciplinary team directed by leading researchers in pediatric obesity and staffed by a team of physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists and registered dieticians. All are committed to providing a comprehensive, research-based approach to improving the health and fitness of your child.

Testing at the Pediatric Fitness Clinic

During the program, patients will be asked to complete fasting lab tests and surveys related to what they eat and their physical activity. Your full participation is important to your success.

Physical Exam

  • Height: How tall you are when standing straight against a wall?
  • Weight: How much you weigh with your shoes off? Try to wear something similar to the clinic every time you come. This will help us to be sure we have an accurate weight.
  • BMI: Body Mass Index, or a number that is calculated using your height and weight. This number is used to evaluate your weight status. It is a ratio of weight to height.
  • Hip Circumference: This is the distance measured around your hips using a tape measure.
  • Waist Circumference: This is the distance measured around your waist, near your belly button, using a tape measure.
  • Blood Pressure: The exercise specialist and nurse will take your blood pressure at each visit by wrapping a blood pressure cuff around your upper arm.
  • General Exam: The doctor will also perform a physical exam, similar to a well-child visit, to see if there are any other health issues that need to be addressed.

Fitness Tests

  • Submaximal VO2 Test: The exercise physiologist will ask you to walk on a treadmill to assess your fitness level. They may ask you to tell them how it feels to walk at different paces and inclines. This will be used to track your improved fitness over time.
  • DXA Scan: This test uses a very low level of radiation (less than a plane flight) to examine your body’s content of fat, bone and muscle. This gives us a good idea of your body composition and will help track your progress in losing fat and gaining muscle.

Food Surveys

  • 24-hour Diet Recall: At your first visit, your dietitian will ask you about your typical day. During this time, she will ask you to recall everything you ate or drank in one day.
  • Three-Day Food Log: Your dietitian will give you a three-day food log to fill out before your next visit. We ask that you complete this journal as best you can by writing down what, when and where you ate. Remember, there are not any right or wrong answers. Honesty is the best policy.
  • Food Tracking: Your dietitian may ask you to keep track of certain foods or beverages you eat for a period of time after reviewing the food log. Tracking food in a journal, or by taking pictures of your food, is a very useful way to see if you are making progress on your nutrition goals.

Blood Tests

You will be asked to go to your local clinic to have your labs drawn after a 12-hour fast, with no food or drinks. Your lab values will help us see if you are at risk for diabetes, heart or liver disease.

  • Glucose and Insulin: Glucose is sugar. This test tells us how much sugar you have in your blood. Insulin helps to take glucose from the bloodstream into your cells for energy.
  • Cholesterol and Lipid Levels: Total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL and HDL cholesterol levels. These tests tell us how much cholesterol and fat you have in your blood.
  • Liver Enzymes (AST and ALT): This test tells us how well your liver is working and if it is healthy.