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ACSM Summit Offers Approach to Tackling the Childhood Obesity

by Anne Spencer | Mar 13, 2013

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March 13, 2013

ACSM Summit Offers Approach to Tackling the Childhood Obesity

“Healthy 100 Kids” Stresses Importance of a Total Body Approach

LAS VEGAS – The childhood obesity epidemic has struck many nations across the globe, and health and fitness professionals as well as other care providers are seeking effective ways to help overweight children make a lifestyle change and reverse this trend.  

Participants in ACSM’s 17th Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition  today will learn about an approach that’s in place and getting results. According to Lindy Moore, M.S.,CES, Exercise is Medicine, the “Healthy 100 Kids” program at Florida Hospital for Children is a total lifestyle approach to childhood obesity treatment which involves four parts: 1) exercise prescription; 2) nutritional evaluation; 3) psychological assessments, and 4) clinical evaluations to create a plan tailored to each individual client’s needs. The program emphasizes sustainable methods for weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight, including eating right, staying active, exercising the mind as well as the body, understanding emotions, learning how the body works, the importance of rest and relaxation and how to have good relationships with friends and family.

“This program offers a practical, effective approach to working with overweight or obese children and their families to improve the quality of their lives so that they may enjoy a high quality of living,” said Moore who serves as exercise physiologist of the program. 

The “Healthy 100 Kids” program shifts focus from simply losing weight to living a healthy lifestyle. By teaming a pediatric obesity medicine physician, child clinical psychologist, dietitian, and exercise physiologist together, patients and their families are better enabled to make a sustainable change to improve their health and well-being.

 

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ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition runs through March 15 in Las Vegas. For more information or to arrange an interview, contact 702-946-2042 Annie Spencer at aspencer@acsm.org or Lauren Johnson at ljohnson@acsm.org.

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. NOTE: Information presented at the Summit represents the professional opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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