Children’s and the New Balance Foundation take on childhood obesity

David Ludwig, MD, PhD

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.

Thanks to a donation from the New Balance Foundation Ludwig and his team can take OWL to more people

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:

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.