The problem is real
Experts have sounded the alarm concerning childhood fitness and wellness issues. In a report issued by the New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation located at Route 1 and College Road East in Princeton and the Trust for America’s Health, data indicates obesity currently affects more than 12 million children and adolescents. In the July, 2011, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future report, research shows nearly one-third of children and teens are obese or overweight.
Nutrition is an imperative factor. Marshall Matz, chairman of the Congressional Hunger Center, stated at a National Association of School Boards Legislative Symposium, that the simple fact a good, healthy breakfast raises school test scores is a dramatic reality. Eating right, exercising regularly, and managing weight are pivotal factors for success.
New Jersey’s Hunterdon Medical Center located at 2100 Wescott Drive in Flemington, New Jersey, takes its public awareness and community wellness seriously. Its Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management offers age appropriate programs built on a team approach that integrates the learning experience and sustainable productive, healthy habits with professional support. The Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management programs are staffed by certified diabetes educators and registered dietitians working with a full team of healthcare professionals. The team includes primary care physicians, specialists such as endocrinologists and cardiologists, as well as social workers.
Hunterdon Medical’s Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management, located in the Wescott Medical Arts Center, Suite 102, offers a Children’s Weight Management Program targeted for youngsters ages 6 to 18. The program, entitled Shapedown, advocates producing changes in food habits, exercise, self-esteem, and weight. Its goal is to develop healthy direction and life changes that can be sustained. The program strives to create a healthy level of well-being where a child or teenager enters adulthood with a healthy weight and sound diet and nutrition habits.
Weigh to Go
Weigh to Go is a 4 week program offered by Hunterdon Medical’s Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management in collaboration with the Hunterdon YMCA. Weigh to Go targets the well-being and fitness of children ages 10 to 14. This joint program emphasizes sustainable changes in food habits and exercise.
Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management
The Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management program list is available online. The procedure for class registration is to call The Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management at (908) 237-6920. By telephone, on the recording that answers, indicate your interest in a program and request further information. A staff member from the center will call, address informational, scheduling, and fee questions, and arrange for registration.
Local programs make a difference through their immediacy and professional customization. Check with your local hospital and YMCA to learn if nutrition and weight management programs are offered near you. The knowledge and guidance offered in these programs can create sustainable healthy diet and exercise habits that can influence successful outcomes in physical, mental, academic, and social areas, both in childhood and adulthood.