Healthy Lifestyles Program at Doernbecher

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Dr. Natasha Polensek is a pediatrician and director of the Healthy Lifestyles Program. She cares for children who have obesity-related health problems.

Childhood obesity is a growing problem. Many factors have resulted in more overweight or obese children including changes in our eating habits, physical activity and genetics.


Every child and every adult has a healthy body shape that is right for them. But in today’s world it’s easy for us all to gain excessive – and unhealthy – weight. Weight gain occurs when energy intake (food and drink) is more than energy expended (physical activity). At the Doernbecher Healthy Lifestyle Clinic, we recognize that overweight and obese children are especially in need of our dedicated care. Learn healthy habits

Introduction and overview of the Doernbecher Healthy Lifestyles Clinic

Let's get moving

There are lots of ways to make physical activity part of your family's daily routine.

Learn how


The best thing you can do to help your child achieve the healthy body that is right for them is to create healthy habits for the entire family. Follow the 5-2-1-0 rule today and be on your way to improved health! 

Contact us

OHSU Doernbecher Specialty Pediatric Clinic, Cornell West
1500 N.W. Bethany Blvd., Suite 195
Beaverton, Oregon 97006-5237
Fax: 503-418-2400

We see patients the first and third Wednesday of the month, with both morning and afternoon appointments. 

Prior to making an appointment, please have your child’s provider send all records to our fax at 503-418-2400.