Lifestyle Counselor Specialist

Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH -  - Pediatric Obesity Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine Center

Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH

Pediatric Obesity Medicine & Pediatrician located in Stamford, CT

When you’re contemplating making changes towards leading a healthier life, having someone to help and advise you can make all the difference. Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH, of Lifestyle Medicine Center in Stamford, Connecticut, is a pediatrician and expert in childhood obesity who leads a highly-qualified medical team including a lifestyle counselor who provides the advice and support you need to make healthy lifestyle changes. Call Lifestyle Medicine Center today to find out how a lifestyle counselor can help you and your child, or book an appointment online.

Lifestyle Counselor Q & A

What is a lifestyle counselor?

A lifestyle counselor is a professionally trained expert who can help you make changes to your lifestyle that encourage better, healthier habits and improve your child’s chances of living a healthy, active life.

Lifestyle factors are the primary influence on ill health and poor eating habits, but it’s not always easy to know how to make changes, especially when you lead a busy, stressful life and don’t feel that you have the time or energy to live differently.

How does a lifestyle counselor help me?

A lifestyle counselor at Lifestyle Medicine Center can help you improve your child’s health by showing you how to make gradual changes that improve the whole family’s lifestyle in stages, so you know what to do and when to do it, supported by your counselor’s expertise.

They can help you to create the right kind of atmosphere at home to encourage healthy eating and taking part in physical activities that are fun for everyone in the family, and show you how to act as a positive role model for your child by eating healthy meals and taking regular exercise. Lifestyle counselors can also give you advice on how to set limits on sedentary activities like playing on games consoles or watching TV.

Sometimes parents try to help their children by being hard on them and delivering negative messages, or forcing them to engage in overly ambitious exercise programs. These are likely to be counterproductive, but your counselor can show you how to achieve healthy lifestyle changes for your child while helping them to have a positive self-image and enjoy themselves.

How does a lifestyle counselor help my child?

Working with a lifestyle counselor at Lifestyle Medicine Center helps your child reach their healthy eating and fitness goals by:

  • Helping them deal with stress
  • Showing them how to enjoy being active
  • Looking at healthier ways to think about food
  • Giving them the information they need to make better choices
  • Helping them to appreciate the benefits of making changes
  • Helping you to support your child with love and compassion

Helping children reach a healthy weight should focus on reinforcing positive behaviors rather than penalizing the child for being overweight. Forcing a child to go on a diet could have serious effects on their self-esteem, and may even make them more prone to developing an eating disorder.

It’s far better for you and your child to follow a medical weight management program at Lifestyle Medicine Center, where Dr. Mathur and her team provide nutritionally sound advice tailored to each child’s individual needs.

Call Lifestyle Medicine Center today to find out how lifestyle counseling could benefit your family, or book an appointment using the online tool.