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Dr. Stewart Gordon

Pediatrician
Dr. Stewart Gordon.

Pediatrician Stewart T. Gordon, M.D., FAAP explains growth charts, body mass index, the link between genetics and obesity, the need for safe, clean playgrounds and much more.Dr. Gordon is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatrics at the LSU Health-Earl K. Long Medical Center where he has been in practice since 1994. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. He is currently the Chairman of the Louisiana Obesity Council and President of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University, LSU Medical School in New Orleans and completed his training in Pediatrics with LSU Medical School’s Department of Pediatrics at Charity Hospital and Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Denise Sellers

Psychologist
Dr. Denise Sellers.

Psychologist Dr. Denise Sellers examines the benefits and risks of losing weight; the importance of when, why and how we eat; and the need for attention, accountability, availability and a positive attitude from parents; plus much more.
Heidi Schumacher

Dietitian
Heidi Schumacher.

Dietitian Heidi Schumacher teaches the importance of planning meals based on the food pyramid, the value of fruits and vegetable in our diet, how to select healthy snacks and much more.
Dr. Melinda Sothern

Exercise Physiologist
Dr. Melinda Sothern.

Exercise Physiologist Dr. Melinda Sothern demonstrates exercises to help children lose weight and get in better shape. She shows parents how to create an environment that encourages activity and much more. Melinda S. Sothern, PhD is an Associate Professor of Research and directs the Section of Health Promotion in the Division of Behavioral and Community Health, at the School of Public Health, Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center. She also directs the Prevention of Childhood Obesity Laboratory at the LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Her research has been widely published in scientific journals and recently in a book for parents and pediatricians entitled Trim Kids (2001, Harper Resource, NY, NY).
Dr. Kris von Almen, Ph.D. answers your questions regarding healthy lifestyles and weight loss.Dr. von Almen holds a doctorate in applied developmental psychology and has over 20 years of clinical and research experience helping children and families change habits, develop healthy lifestyles, and lose weight. He was a member of the Psychology Department at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans and was an adjunct faculty member in Pediatrics at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, prior to relocating to the Bay Area in 2000. He is a cofounder of the Trim Kids/Committed to Kids Pediatric Weight Management Program, which has been approved by the National Cancer Institute as a Research Tested Intervention Program.

More Resources:

BAM – Body & Mind - DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! provides information to help them make healthy lifestyle choices. The site uses games, quizzes, and other interactive features to teach kids about topics such as food and nutrition, physical activity, and general safety.

Media Smart Youth – Eat, Think and Be Active - DHHS. NIH. National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. An interactive program to help 11 to 13-year olds think critically about how the media can affect food and physical activity choices.

Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers - DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network. Provides information on weight control, physical activity, healthy food choices and dietary guidelines for adolescents.

Fuel Up to Play 60 – National Dairy Council; National Football League; United States Department of Agriculture. Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers youth to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and for their own health.

yourSELF - USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition. Developed for middle school students by middle school students, this educational Web site provides nutrition information for adolescents and offers tips for choosing healthy foods.

Spot the Block: Using the Nutrition Facts Label to Make Healthy Food Choices – A Program for Tweens - DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. An FDA/Cartoon Network for tweens, encouraging them to use the Nutrition Facts on the food label to make healthful choices.

10 Tips to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for You - President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Provides tips for healthy eating and including physical activity in a daily routine.

Girlshealth.gov - DHHS. OWH. National Women's Health Information Center. Created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face.

Girlshealth.gov – Body Mass Index Calculator - DHHS. OWH. National Women's Health Information Center. Provides a BMI calculator for girls ages 10-16, and offers instructions on how to interpret the results.

Best Bones Forever - DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Site for young girls featuring games, quizzes, e-postcards, and ideas for increasing calcium consumption. Part of the National Bone Health Campaign to promote optimal bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Quiz for Teens With Diabetes - DHHS. NIH. National Diabetes Education Program. Teens can take this quiz to learn more about how to manage diabetes.

Body Mass Index: About BMI for Children and Teens - DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Explains how Body Mass Index (BMI) is used differently in children than in adults and provides information on calculating and interpreting BMI for children and teens.

Healthy Youth! Health Topics: Childhood Overweight- DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Provides facts about overweight among young people, including several statistics, and information on determining the body mass index of children and adolescents as well as strategies for healthy eating and including physical activity.

Body Wise Handbook - DHHS. OWH. National Women's Health Information Center. Provides information for grown-ups, including health care providers and school personnel, on detecting eating disorders and teaching healthy body image and healthy eating behaviors.

Weighty Issues for Kids: Taking Aim at Childhood Obesity - NIH. Word on Health. Discusses reasons for the rising obesity rates in children, and provides resources and suggestions for helping them maintain a healthy weight.

Helping Kids Fight Obesity: Best Online Info Sources – USDA. Agricultural Research Service. Selected by a registered dietitian, a review of the best Web resources that help kids avoid obesity by encouraging healthy habits and behaviors.


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