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.
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.
ABOUT THE STEVEN AND ALEXANDRA COHEN CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER OF NEW YORK:
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
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