Telehealth Tips: Healthy Behavior Counseling

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Sugary DrinksHow many sugary drinks does your child usually have in a day? Is that a change from before the COVID-19 pandemic?Recommend using a fun water cup or bottle, or adding fruit slices to water for taste.
Screen TimeHow many hours does your child spend on screens most days? Don’t include homework or school time. Have they spent more time on screens during quarantine?Encourage replacing screen time with active time and aim for 60 minutes of physical activity daily.
Reassure that going outdoors as a family is okay if everyone stays 6 feet from non-family members and washes or sanitizes hands often.
Physical ActivityHow much time is your child physically active most days?Encourage replacing screen time with active time and aim for 60 minutes of physical activity daily.
Reassure that going outdoors as a family is okay if everyone stays 6 feet from non-family members and washes or sanitizes hands often.
Balanced NutritionHow often does your child eat takeout or fast food? How many servings of fruits and vegetables does your child eat most days?Support that families keep consistent mealtimes, as these may have changed.
As takeout may reduce stress for some families, encourage ordering foods that are not fried and include fruits or vegetables.
Refer to local food bank or SNAP if concerned about food insecurity.
Sleep routinesHow many hours does your child sleep most nights? Have their sleeping hours or schedule changed a lot from their routine? Do they have trouble falling or staying asleep?Encourage consistent bed times and sleep routines, even if there is no school and other family routines are disrupted.
Consider further evaluation or treatment for sleep disturbances.
Social and
Emotional Wellness
Do you worry that your child is stressed, depressed, or anxious? Is bullying a concern?Encourage socialization through virtual active play (dance parties, Find Fun, active Youtube videos or Pinterest ideas, GoNoodle, etc).
Consider referral to mental health professional.

TIPS AND RESOURCES

For telephone visits:

Give information in brief sentences and ask what the patient thinks to ensure understanding.

For video visits:

Ask who may be in the room off-camera, particularly if planning to discuss sensitive topics.