David Ludwig, MD, PhD, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center and the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program at Children’s Hospital Boston, was recently featured in the annual medical issue of the Boston Globe Magazine. Ludwig was profiled for his leadership role in the war on childhood obesity.
“Ludwig, who holds a chair in pediatric endocrinology at Harvard and directs the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at Children’s Hospital, is arguably the nation’s leading crusader in the battle against childhood obesity. With nearly a third of US children and teens overweight, and fully 17 percent obese, Ludwig believes this battle is one we cannot afford to lose.”
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Clearly Dr. Ludwig’s message is an important one. In an effort to share his research with a broader audience, Children’s has partnered with The New Balance Foundation to create the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children’s Hospital. Thanks to a generous donation from the charitable arm of New Balance, Children’s can now do even more to transform the lives of overweight and obese children nationwide and turn the tide against childhood obesity.
Keeping with that theme, the Center recently launched a website, with obesity prevention information aimed at parents, kids and medical professionals. Here’s a quick sample of some of the great tools you’ll find there:
- Healthy recipes for both meals and snacks.
- Advice on ensuring your home is a healthy, food safe environment.
- Fun and easy exercise routines.
- Tips on how to talk about sensitive, weight-related issues with your kids.
- Patient success stories to inspire your own efforts.
- A list of Online sources to better support your family’s efforts.
Still need convincing? If so meet Delroy, an OWL success story who personifies Ludwig’s message that with the proper direction and a little bit of hard work we all can make a difference in reducing childhood obesity.