TOPIC: Although doctors and pediatricians often use the body-mass index (BMI) to determine healthy weight in children, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a report claiming there is no evidence to support that all children with a high BMI will need to undergo weight loss, according to an article by The Associated Press. Task force members say the BMI can identify that a child may have a weight problem, but the BMI doesn't specify whether the body mass is consists of fat or lean tissue. The report, which appears in this month's issue of Pediatrics, recommends doctors pay special attention to children who experience sudden increases in their weight without changes in height. The panel also suggests pediatricians lobby for schools to require more physical activity and for their communities to develop exercise space for children to help curb childhood obesity.
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Dr. John Bouldin, of Child Health Care of Manassas, was recently named Pediatrician of the Year in the Virginia County in which he practices. He has particular expertise in childhood obesity and childhood health and fitness issues. PR Contact: Caroline Perrin, 202-737-8400, email@example.com
Susie Jastrow leads the Diabetes Nutrition and Consulting Program at People's Community Clinic. She works with low-income adults and children to promote better dietary habits and behavior modification to manage and eliminate disease such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, and other obesity related conditions. Susie is a member of the Texas Dietetic Association and received her B.S. in Nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin. PR Contact: Bergan Casey, 512-458-5605, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Elizabeth Pivonka heads the Produce for Better Health Foundation, a group charged with helping Americans reach their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Dr. Pivonka can speak about the impact of fruit and vegetable consumption in the prevention of obesity (specifically childhood obesity), as well as the prevention of chronic disease. As well, she can speak about a new program, 5 A Day the Color Way, that is providing parents with a fun, easy way to get their children interested in a healthy diet. PR Contact: Dan Ward, 407-423-8006, email@example.com
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