Healthy Living Specialist

Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH -  - Pediatric Obesity Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine Center

Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH

Pediatric Obesity Medicine & Pediatrician located in Stamford, CT

Adopting healthy living habits is one of the most effective ways of preventing ill health and keeping you and your children fit and strong, but getting to grips with living more healthily can seem like quite a challenge. Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH, of Lifestyle Medicine Center in Stamford, Connecticut, is a pediatrician and expert in childhood obesity who leads a highly-qualified team providing advice and support to parents and children on how to live a healthier lifestyle and prevent the problems obesity can cause. Call Lifestyle Medicine Center today to find out more about healthy living, or book an appointment online.

Healthy Living Q & A

What is healthy living?

Healthy living is an attitude to life that places health and well-being at the forefront of you and your family’s life. The best way to achieve healthy living is to look after your body and mind, using the power of balanced nutrition, exercise, and stress relief to prevent illness and promote good health.

At Lifestyle Medicine Center, the approach to helping children who have weight problems is one of support in changing their lifestyle rather than using medications and restrictive diets. Understanding why your child is overweight involves looking at their:

  • Underlying health
  • Family background
  • Knowledge of healthy living
  • Lifestyle
  • Eating habits
  • Exercise
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Body composition
  • Metabolism

Dr. Mathur and her team analyze information from all these sources so they can design a plan that helps you and your child make positive, graduated changes towards a healthier way of living. Involving the whole family in this process ensures that not only does your child find it easier to make healthy changes, but everyone in the family benefits.

What are the best ways to live healthily?

Healthy living is best achieved by:

  • Knowing how many calories you and your child need each day
  • Knowing the caloric content of the foods you eat
  • Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Choosing whole grains and eating plenty of fiber-rich foods
  • Eating a wide variety of different foods
  • Drinking plenty of water

It’s also vital to be taking regular exercise that includes anaerobic muscle building as well as aerobic exercise that works the heart and lungs; and finding effective ways to manage stress, which affects many children and can lead to the development of comfort eating.

How do I encourage my child to adopt healthy living habits?

If you want your child to embrace healthy living, it’s important that you lead the way by preparing healthy meals for the family that everyone eats, so your child doesn’t feel left out. Eat meals together and avoid watching TV at the same time, and take part in physical activities like family walks, bike rides, swimming, or simply a kick about in the yard or park together.

An excellent starting place when looking at making healthy living changes is to visit Dr. Mathur and the team at Lifestyle Medicine Center, who use the most advanced scientific evidence to create diet and exercise plans that give your child exactly what they need to optimize their health.

To schedule your healthy living consultation, call Lifestyle Medicine Center today, or book an appointment online.