$7 million gift will help Children's tackle childhood obesity

Children’s Hospital Boston got an historic $7 million gift from the New Balance Foundation yesterday to support the pioneering work of David Ludwig, MD, PhD, as he and colleagues try to stem the tide of childhood obesity. The gift establishes the Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention, Research and Care, which will support Dr. Ludwig’s clinical research and outpatient programs, as well as community outreach efforts.

Dr. Ludwig is the Founding Director of Children’s Optimal Weight for Life program, one of the country’s oldest and largest multidisciplinary clinics for the care of overweight children. He also fights for the nutritional health of children, whether it is through food advertising policy, school nutrition, or the science of childhood obesity.

Children’s CEO James Mandell, MD, David Ludwig, MD, PhD, director of New Balance Foundation Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention; New Balance chairman Jim Davis; and New Balance Foundation managing trustee Anne Davis. Photo credit: PEI Photo/John Gillooly

Dr. Ludwig has written regularly for Thrive, and has been featured often in the hospital’s Dream magazine (here and here) and Pediatric Views, our publication for physicians.

This is the second time New Balance has given money to support Dr. Ludwig’s work; in 2008, the Boston-based shoe giant gave him $1 million to support OWL.

Here, one of Dr. Ludwig’s patients talks about how OWL has helped him lose weight and focus on his health.