Address: 1805 27th Street Portsmouth, Ohio 45662 View Map
Phone: (740) 356-7337
Email: jordans@somc.org
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Hosptalists
Who Ohio River Valley American Red Cross Helps & How They Help
Importance of Flu Vaccine
Pulmonary & Critical Care Services
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Hospice Care
Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Winter Wonderland
Red Cross - Volunteers Needed For Disaster Preparedness & Relief
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Pink Madness Events
Transcending Lives Campaign
Group Weight Training vs. Working Out Alone
Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian Cancer
Prostate Function & Exam
SOMC - National Senior Games
SOMC - Ovarian Cancer Awareness
Genital Herpes
Breast Cancer Center
100 Year Anniversary Events & Centennial Celebration
High Blood Pressure & Heart Disease
Heart Health: Men vs Women
SOMC - Cardiothoracic Diseases
Family Practice - Physical Medicine
Men's Physical Exams & Check-Ups
Portsmouth Connex
100 Year Anniversary of Red Cross & Upcoming Events
General Surgeons
Sleep Apnea - Syptoms, Risk Factors, & Diagnosis
SOMC - Employee Health & Wellness
SOMC - Senior Behavioral Medicine Care Unit
Strokes
Pediatric Guild
In-Patient Hospice Center
Area Agency on Aging District-7 & Their Wellness Programs
Occupational Therapy
Amazing Race Event
Data on Tobacco Use and Smokers
Psychiatric Social Workers
Hospice Social Work Services
Cancer Center Social Workers
Medical Social Workers
Migraines
Heart Health Differences in Men & Women
High Blood Pressure & Heart Disease
Back to Basics
SOMC - Running Injuries
SOMC Labs
Services of American Red Cross
Greenup Family Practice
Hospice Care
Wound Healing Center & Diabetes Awareness
Pallative Care
Cardiothoracic Surgeons & CT Surgery Program
Breast Reconstruction
Nurse Navigator
Mammography
Cancer, Survivors & Caregivers
Cancer, Survivors & Caregivers
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Line Up for Paint it Pink
Ovarian Cancer Screening
New Pharmacy
Swimming Instruction for Children
Chronic Wounds
Ohio Senior Olympics
Sepsis
Services of Red Cross
Kidney Stones
Cord Blood Sampling
Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care
Cancer
Psychiatry Help
Keys to Losing Weight
Keys to Losing Weight
Benefits of Breast Feeding
Safety Month
Urinary Incontinence
Risk Factors & Prevention of Heart Disease
Hospital Pharmacist
Southern Ohio Senior Games
Senior Behavioral Medical Care
Mission of Environmental Services
The Amazing Race
Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Clinical Trials
Colon Cancer Screening
Signs & Symptoms of Colon Cancer
Diabetes
Smoking
Heart Disease Awareness
Nurse Practitioner
Diabetes
Duties of a Nurse Practitioner
Colorectal Cancer
Fatty Liver Disease
Learn About Hospitals
Neva Moore
Groin Hernias in Women
New Provider in Lucasville
Nurse Practitioner Experience and History
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Gallbladder
Why Continue Smoking?
Ash Dash
Plastic Surgery
Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Free Clinical Breast Exam
Breast Cancer Awareness & Diagnosis
Screenings vs. Diagnostic Testing
Burden of Prostate Cancer
Prostate Cancer
South Webster Family Practice
Wheelersburg Family Practice
Sports and Concussions
Breastfeeding Awareness Month
APRN FPN-BC
PAs and Patients They See
Types of Skin Cancer
PM&R
Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Heart Disease
How Are We Doing with New Year's Resolutions?
Health & Fitness For Your Family
Eating Healthy During the Holidays
Hospice Care and What to Look For
Senior Behavioral Medicine
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Common Problems Women Have
Childhood Obesity
Preventative Screenings
SIDS
Casino Night
Casino Night
Men's Health Month
Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer
Mumps

About Us

Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) is a 222-bed 501(C)(3) not-for-profit hospital in Portsmouth, Ohio, providing emergency and surgical care, as well as a wide range of other health-care services; SOMC has been in the community since 1954. It is the mission of SOMC to truly make a difference in the lives of patients, employees, and the surrounding community.

 

 

Southern Ohio Medical Center - Pediatrics FAQ

What is the definition of obesity in children?
It's not the same as the definition for adults because kids are growing, boys & girls grow differently, etc. So we have to use percentiles or curves. 85-95 percentile is "overweight" & greater than the 95 percentile is "obese".

How prevalent is childhood obesity in the US and in the tristate area?
Nationwide, 17% of kids 2-19 years old are obese. The rate is highest in teens 12-19 years old and its 20% of that age group. So 1 in 5 teens are obese. Here in our area the rate of obese & overweight children is greater than 30% in WV, KY and OH.

Why as this problem grown so much, because it is nearly doubled in the last 2 decades, right?
Limited access to healthy foods - fast foods, processed foods are cheaper and more convenient. Schools are offering these unhealthy options as well. Growing lack of physical activity at school and home. Average "screen time" for 8-18 years old is reported at 7.5 hours a day and recommended is less than 2 hours.

What can parents do to help their children?