Location: Boardman, Ohio
About Akron Children's Hospital
Akron Children's Hospital has been caring for children since 1890, and our pediatric specialties are ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report. With two hospital campuses, regional health centers and more than 50 primary and specialty care locations throughout Ohio, we're making it easier for today's busy families to find the high-quality care they need. In 2020, our health care system provided more than 1.1 million patient encounters. We also operate neonatal and pediatric units in the hospitals of our regional health care partners. Every year, our Children's Home Care Group nurses provide thousands of in-home visits, and our School Health nurses manage clinic visits for students from preschool through high school. With our Quick Care Online virtual visits and Akron Children's Anywhere app, we're here for families whenever and wherever they need us. Learn more at akronchildrens.org.
- To treat every child as we would our own
- To treat others as they would like to be treated
- To turn no child away for any reason
Prior to the start date, full COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment. Full vaccination is defined as 14 days after the last received vaccination. Boosters are excluded from this requirement.
We are seeking people who are committed to fostering a diverse environment in which patients, family and staff from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed, included and can thrive.
Thursday and Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Onsite, 2 days/week
The pediatric exercise specialist will work as a member of a multidisciplinary team treating patients with pediatric obesity in the Healthy Active Living clinic. They will work with patients in the medical weight management program and may also work with patients in the adolescent metabolic and bariatric surgery program. The exercise specialist is primarily responsible for evaluating each patient's physical activity level and working with the patients and their families to set reasonable exercise goals to help them be more active.
- Identify motivators of physical activity and discuss the benefits of being active
- Work with patients and their families to set reasonable exercise goals to help them be more active
- Discuss ways for patients to increase the intensity of their activity in order to obtain the benefits of exercise
- Empower families to start setting limits on screen time
- Discuss resistance training, when age appropriate, and provide patients with body- and free-weight exercise routines and circuit training workouts
- Educate patients about individual body composition
- Teach patients and families about the medical benefits of exercise such as improving asthma, hypertension, diabetes and depression/anxiety
- Discuss the importance of exercise in weight loss maintenance, especially for post-bariatric surgery patients
- Use objective measures to evaluate patient's fitness improvements (e.g. 6-minute walk test)
- Attend department meetings as scheduled and participate in multidisciplinary team meetings regarding patient care
1. Experience in community or organizational program administration is preferred.
2. Experience in program development and implementation for communities, families, and youth is preferred.
3. Travel between regional locations may be required.
4. Experience working with all levels within an organization is required.
5. Proficiency in MS Office [Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.] or similar software is required.
Education and Experience
-  Bachelor's Degree in Allied Health required.
- Certification: physical therapist, athletic trainer, exercise physiologist
- Years of relevant experience: 3 to 5 years is preferred.
- Experience in program development and implementation for communities, families, and youth is preferred.
Akron Children's Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individual with Disabilities.
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