PIX11 Morning News Partners with Cohen Children's Medical Center To Air Childhood Obesity Week

NEW YORK- January 4, 2013—According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. PIX11 Morning News has partnered with Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, to air a week long initiative to raise awareness and empower families. The advocacy week, airing Monday, January 7 through Friday, January 11 in the 7 am hour, will look at major health risks associated with childhood obesity and teach families how to fight this growing epidemic.

Segments include:
Monday, January 7
Fatty Liver Disease
- 10% of all children in the United States have too much fat in their liver.  PIX11’s Ellyn Marks will speak with Dr. Michael Pettei, Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, about the increase of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease among children, which can cause inflammation and scarring on the liver. We find out how to diagnose the condition, its symptoms and how to prevent the disease.

Tuesday, January 8
Type 2 Diabetes
- It used to be known as “adult-onset” diabetes, but now Type 2 Diabetes is appearing in young children. Ellyn Marks speaks with Dr. Phyllis Speiser, Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center to discuss this growing problem among obese children.

Wednesday, January 9
Sleep Apnea
– Obesity puts children at risk for serious health problems, including sleep apnea.  Ellyn Marks speaks with Dr. Kevin Bock, Director, Pediatric Medical Informatics, Cohen Children’s Medical Center about this sleep disorder.

Thursday, January 10
Weight Management
– Ellyn Marks will speak with Cohen Children’s Medical Center’s Dr. Charles Schleien, Chairman, Pediatrics, and Dr. Ron Feinstein, Director, Weight Management Program (in the Division of Adolescent Medicine) about how to manage your child’s weight.

Friday, January 11
Eat Right
- Nine-year-old Long Island twins Nadia and Sara Waly are living proof that small changes in your kids' diet can make a big difference in their health. The twins each lost 20 lbs. on the "Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right" program, which teaches kids how to make healthy choices based on the principles of the traffic light (green light foods are nutritious, yellow light foods are eaten in moderation, and red light foods are occasional treats). We'll meet the twins along with their pediatrician Dr. Marc Lashley of Valley Stream Pediatrics.

Additional resources and information can be found at PIX11.com.

Opened in 1983, the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) of New York is home to about 675 pediatricians, including 160 full-time physicians, and a total workforce of more than 1,200, including more than 500 nurses. For the sixth consecutive year in 2012, CCMC was ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2012-13 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” survey. 
To find out more, go to:  www.cohenchildrens.com

Founded in 1948 and owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a division of the Tribune Company, PIX11 has long been regarded as a groundbreaking station in New York. In September 2006, PIX11 became the flagship station of the CW Television Network, and its successful primetime programming, award winning news, extensive library of hit movies, first-run programs, off-network sitcom favorites, quality children's programming and public affairs shows, as well as outstanding event coverage, have contributed to the station's success. PIX11 has earned over 200 Emmy Awards, including two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning News Program and multiple Emmy Awards for Outstanding Newscast.  The station has been honored with numerous other awards for excellence in reporting, news coverage, public affairs, specials and features. In addition, PIX11 has been the official broadcast television home of the New York Mets since 1999.  For more information, please visit www.pix11.com


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