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Nation’s Pediatricians Go After ‘Heavy’ Issue: Obesity In kids

Posted Oct 22 2012 2:55pm

From The Deseret News…..

Saying that it has become a major threat to children’s health in the United States, the American Academy of Pediatrics just launched a “major” initiative to both prevent and treat obesity and overweight among children.

They hope to present American families with evidence-based resources to address weight, according to the campaign’s launch in New Orleans at the group’s national conference this week.

“Obesity is epidemic in childhood and presents a threat to both child health and to health across the lifespan,” said Dr. Sandra Hassink, chair of the steering committee of a newly formed AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight. “Pediatricians are in the best position to combat childhood obesity because they are dedicated to children’s health and well-being and build long-term, trusting relationships with families.”

The institute “will provide pediatricians and other professionals with the tools and knowledge they need to provide care that begins with research and ends in real results,” she said in a release announcing its formation.

Meanwhile, the Partnership for a Healthier America this week launched an initiative and competition on Facebook that ask people to come up with solutions to obesity. It noted that 12.5 million American youths are obese and 11 million more are overweight. The End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge will collect ideas and finalists will win a trip to Washington, D.C., to present their ideas to a panel of judges and to participants in the Building a Healthier Future Summit in March. The winner will receive $10,000 to kickstart the idea and expert advice to turn it into reality. Deadline is Nov. 16 and the applications are in the form of a short video explaining the idea. They are looking for ideas, not business plans, the PHA said.

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