goal of this program is to provide parents and caretakers
with concrete diet, nutrition, and emotional support and
exercise information to assist reversing this dangerous
trend of childhood obesity. Today's children are more overweight
than ever before. According to the National Institute of
Health, the number of children who are overweight has doubled
in the last two to three decades. In New Jersey, a recent
study by the Department of Health and Senior Services found
that one in five children are obese and nearly another 20%
are overweight. Along with the rise in childhood obesity,
the incidence of related medical conditions has also increased.
Pediatricians and medical researchers are reporting more
frequent cases of obesity-related diseases, such as Type
II diabetes, hypertension and asthma. Overweight children
are also at risk for other physical and mental health problems,
such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, depression
and low self-esteem.
Dr. Kendell Sprott |
Kathy Kuser |
Dr. Steve Margeotes
Joetta Clark Diggs
Dr. Kendell Sprott – Pediatrician and Vice
Chairman of Pediatrics for New Jersey Medical School at
the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Kathy Kuser - Nutritionist and Director
for the Division of Food and Nutrition at the New Jersey
Department of Agriculture.
Reid Rosenthal – overcame his weight
problem and today is an exercise specialist at the St. Barnabas
Ambulatory Care Center in Livingston, New Jersey.
Dr. Steve Margeotes - A clinical psychologist
and Executive Director of The Main St. Counseling Center
located in West Orange, New Jersey.
Joetta Clark Diggs – A four-time
Olympian who talks with kids about making healthy life choices.