Childrens Obesity Fund Supports Like-Minded Youth Program Fighting Obesity

(PRWEB) April 18, 2014

The state of Massachusetts has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation for low-income children according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Childrens Obesity Fund is pleased to support the Obesity Prevention Center for Children and Youth helping to make a difference in the lives of overweight and obese young people in the Brockton area of Massachusetts.

The primary objective of the Obesity Prevention Center is to teach at-risk children the importance of good habits for exercise and healthy eating. By integrating indoor and outdoor physical activities and sports with nutrition education, the Centers programs help children make the lifesaving connection between what they eat and how they look and feel.

The Obesity Prevention Center is perfectly aligned with the vision of my brother and I when we established our charity several years ago reversing the growing obesity epidemic for Americas children, according to Dr. Michael Omidi, cofounder of Childrens Obesity Fund. The Center is a terrific extension of our work, our boots-on-the-ground so to speak, and we are thrilled to support their efforts to teach young people how to live longer by establishing healthier, active lifestyles. Tracking the progress of participants is a very important element of program success. We hope that the new software tool we are helping to fund will enable the Center to help more kids to achieve great success with the important lifestyle changes being taught.

The cornerstone of Obesity Prevention Center activities is their seven-week Summer Program for at-risk overweight and obese children and youth ages 5-16 years. Program activities are designed to combat the sedentary lifestyles of today and are supervised and taught by Certified Fitness Coaches, a Licensed Dietician, a Licensed Practical Nurse and a Certified Health Coach. The agenda of the summer program includes four essential components:

Sports and exercise For most of the day, fitness coaches supervise, teach good form, and help children pace themselves as they walk/jog/run; play soccer, basketball and tennis; and participate in weight lifting, dance and yoga classes.

Nutritional education Kids are served a healthy, organic lunch and attend regular classes to learn how to prepare/cook simple, healthy meals. Weekly nutrition classes with a licensed dietician teach kids how to read food labels, to recognize processed, junk food, and to better understand the relationship between food choices and feeling good.

Parental involvement During individual meetings with the parent and child, program staff review the Home Food Journal kept by the child. The journal is an important teaching tool that helps involve parents and enables staff to provide specific suggestions of ways to support their children’s healthy, new habits at home.

Assessment and monitoring of success Children are assessed by a nurse who records weight and body mass index, along with heart rate and blood pressure at the start of the program. On a weekly basis, program staff evaluates the childs progress with decreased body fat percentages (BMI), improved fitness levels and endurance (heart rate & blood pressure), and nutritional knowledge and food choices.

On average, children lose ten pounds through program participation. Their BMI is reduced, they begin to enjoy exercise and activity, and feel stronger and more confident in short they experience success.

The Obesity Prevention Center for Children & Youth ( instills a solid foundation of new exercise and eating habits with at-risk overweight and obese children ages 5-16 years old, teaching them how to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Young people with a higher Body Mass Index (BMI), a medical measurement of body fat, are a greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure which are all risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Children with weight problems often become adults with weight problems and experience a lower quality of life and a shorter lifespan.

Cofounded by Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi, the Childrens Obesity Fund ( hopes to help reverse the trend of rising obesity rates in America. The goal of the non-profit charity is to help people fully understand the obesity issue and its dire impacts

on individuals and society as a whole — and to use that knowledge to encourage children to grow up strong and healthy. Childrens Obesity Fund partners with other organizations to educate and support parents, educators and others so that we can all work together to raise healthy, active, social, and happy children. While the organization does not accept donations, it does encourage direct contributions of money and talents to the associations featured on our website. Childrens Obesity Fund is on Facebook as well as Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Too Much Sitting Can Cause Early Death

Sturgeon Bay, WI (PRWEB) April 24, 2014

Everyone knows that being a coach potato is unhealthy. Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Chiropractor and Naturopath Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP notes that recent research has shown that prolonged sitting can be deadly, while increasing ones time standing can have beneficial health results.

A research team led by Dr. Rebecca Seguin of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York followed a multiethnic group of 92,234 women between the ages of 50 and 79 years for over 12 years to see what effect prolonged sitting would have on their health. The women were divided into four groups according to their reported daily sitting time: up to 4 hours daily, more than 4 and up to 8 hours, more than 8 and up to 11 hours, and over 11 hours daily. Of particular interest was the development of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and death from cancer.

The researchers found that women who spent over 11 hours per day sitting were 12% more likely to die prematurely from any cause compared to those spending 4 hours or less sitting. Premature death from prolonged sitting was increased 13% by cardiovascular disease, 21% by cancer, and 27% by coronary heart disease. The connection between prolonged sitting and premature death remained the same even when controlling for chronic disease, age, race, body mass index, physical mobility and function, and overall fitness. It was noted that even women who exercised regularly had an increased risk of dying prematurely if they spent excessive amounts of time sitting.

This study, titled Sedentary Behavior and Mortality in Older Women, was published in the January 2014 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Lead researcher Dr. Rebecca Seguin concludes, “The assumption has been that if you’re fit and physically active, that will protect you, even if you spend a huge amount of time sitting each day you are far less protected from negative health effects of being sedentary than you realize If you’re in an office, get up and move around frequently If you’re retired and have more idle time, find ways to move around inside and outside the house. Get up between TV programs, take breaks in computer and reading time, and be conscious of interrupting prolonged sedentary time.”

The November 2013 issue of BMC Health published a research paper titled Active Lifestyles Related to Excellent Self-rated Health and Quality of Life: Cross Sectional Findings from 194,545 Participants in The 45 and Up Study. The research team led by Dr. Richard Rosencranz of Kansas State UniversityManhattan studied the health effects of sitting on 194,545 Australian men and women over 45 years old. They found decreased risks of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, and colon cancer when sitting less. It was found that when the bodys muscles are inactive during extended sitting, the production of lipoprotein lipase, which metabolizes fat, is shut down. Co-researcher Dr. Sara Rosenkranz states, “We’re basically telling our bodies to shut down the processes that help to stimulate metabolism throughout the day and that is not good Just by breaking up your sedentary time, we can actually up-regulate that process in the body.” Dr. Rosenkranz advises office workers to try using a sit/stand desk to decrease their sitting time while increasing their physical activity throughout the day.

Dr. J G Moellendorf notes that he sees many patients who are inactive because of pain. By returning movement to fixated joints and decreasing their pain through Chiropractic care, they are able to return to an active lifestyle and become healthier all around.

Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. uses the latest research findings to provide a comprehensive package of Chiropractic care, decompression traction therapy, active therapeutic movement training, cold laser therapy, and nutrition for the natural treatment of neurological conditions, neck and back pain, and other health conditions without drugs or surgery. Additional information about Chiropractic, Naturopathy, and other forms of natural health care has been provided by Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. at

About: Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP

Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP attended the University of WisconsinSuperior where he majored in Physics and Mathematics, with a minor in art photography. While attending the University of MinnesotaMinneapolis, he assisted in research on ribosomal proteins. Completing his Chiropractic studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, he graduated Cum Laude (with high honors) in 1983. He started Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1983. In 1996, Dr. Moellendorf was awarded his Doctorate in Naturopathy from Trinity School of Natural Health. In 2001, he received Chiropractics most prestigious award, the honorary Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers degree, for his thesis The Workings of Innate Intelligence in Obsessive/Compulsive and Addictive Behaviors. This paper was chosen for publishing in the book Philosophic Contemplations vol. 2 in 2002. In June of 2012, Dr. Moellendorf authored his first book titled Healthcares Best Kept Secret. Dr. Moellendorf can be contacted by phone (920) 493-2126, fax (920) 743-1145, email jgmoellendorf(at)itol(dot)com, his website at, or send a carrier pigeon to 44.84722N and 87.36416W.

Florida Gym Provides Movie Star Treatment for Weight Loss Contest Winners

Land O Lakes, Florida (PRWEB) June 26, 2014

Samantha Taylor has helped over 4,000 women transform their bodies, and their lives, over the past decade. Her company, Pure Health & Fitness Studios, focuses on providing a safe, comfortable and motivating environment for women seeking to lose weight, regain a healthier lifestyle and improve their confidence. Taylor recently hosted a 6 Week Body Transformation Contest and the results were stunning –

I wanted each woman who came to the awards ceremony on June 14th to feel like a movie star. We had a red carpet, velvet ropes, crystal awards, photography, makeovers, catered food the works, exclaimed Taylor. One hundred and twenty one women participated in the contest. And while they are all winners, the contents first place winner is Donna Diven who lost 27.2 lbs., 35 inches and 12.2% of her body weight.

Each one of Samantha Taylors 6 Week Body Transformation Contests are meant to educate women on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, not just meeting a weight goal, by using tips and tools that can be implemented as lifelong health and weight control opportunities. Each contest requires an affordable buy-in fee that comes with Personal training or boot camp 3 to 5 times a week, Delicious meal plans and recipes focused on normal food and being totally satisfied, Daily support by Samantha on a private Facebook Group, Motivational Videos and seminars weekly by Samantha, Initial measurements and body fat testing as well as in the end, Weekly weigh in for accountability, and A personal trainer as a Team Leader to help keep participants on track.

Samantha Taylors Personal Training Studio in Land O Lakes, Florida and specializes in muscle toning, healthy lifestyle eating, fitness with either Personal Training or Boot Camps, and peer and mentor support. The studio is located at 2206 Knight Road, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639 and has a positive energy, resort feel with stunning views on a lake. The next 6 Week Body Transformation contest will take place soon. A combination of inches lost, weight lost, and percentage of body weight lost is what determines the contest winner results.

Pure Health & Fitness Studios in Florida was proud to include other community-based business in the June 14th awards-ceremony, which included: delicious, fancy catered food from City Grill, gourmet coffee from Barnies Coffee, makeovers from Mary Kay, and professional photo shoots by SeeBliss Photography.

Members of the media are invited to speak with Samantha Taylor, and any of the participants, about the contest, the award ceremony, and life moving forward upon media request.

About: Samantha Taylor, CPT was the #1 personal trainer at Lifestyles Family Fitness out of 2000 trainers! She has been a Certified Personal Trainer for over 16 years.

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Short Sleep Duration Linked to Increased Odds of Childhood Obesity in Low-Income, Urban Households

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 17, 2014

A new study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center suggests that short sleep duration may increase a childs risk of obesity in low-income households. And, the link between sleep duration and childrens weight status can be traced back to aspects of the home environment.

Childhood obesity disproportionately affects low-income children, said Brad Appelhans, PhD, a clinical psychologist and obesity researcher at the Rush University Prevention Center and principal investigator of the study. Very little research to date has examined childhood obesity factors in the home environment of low-income households, particularly with respect to emerging risk factors such as sleep duration.

The findings of the study will be presented at the 35th annual meeting and scientific sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine on Saturday, April 26, in Philadelphia.

Appelhans added that most studies largely focused on neighborhood-level factors such as local access to healthy and unhealthy foods, geographic density of fast food outlets and supermarkets, venues for physical activity such as parks near the home, but few studies look at the home environment.

This study analyzed data collected on health behaviors and the home environment during home visits in low-income, urban households with either only normal weight or predominantly overweight or obese children between the ages of 6-to-13-years-old. A total of 103 households were enrolled in the study, and 48 (47 percent) of the participants were normal weight households and 55 (53 percent) were overweight/obese households.

Parents or caregivers and children reported on the childs sleep duration, television and computer screen time and diet. Researchers also collected data on foods kept in the home, media such as computers, gaming consoles and televisions in bedrooms and living spaces as well as sports equipment. Participants also had their physical activity measured and recorded with small, wearable motion sensors.

Sleep duration was the only health behavior associated with child weight status. Normal weight children slept 33.3 minutes per day longer on average compared to the overweight/obese children in the study.

Traditional childhood obesity risk factors such as media screen time, intake of high caloric beverages and fast food, snacks, fruits and vegetables, were not directly related to weight status.

We have identified specific intervention targets in the home that can help improve sleep and potentially reduce the risk of childhood obesity in kids from low-income households, said Appelhans.

The findings also suggest that increasing the availability of sports and recreational equipment in the home is unlikely to promote weight loss in low-income children even though these items are less abundant in low-income households than higher-income households.

During the final stage of the project, researchers developed statistical models to examine how aspects of childrens home environments may impact weight through their effects on sleep. Their data indicated that variables such as the presence of a television in the childs bedroom, screen time, caregiver screen time monitoring, consistent implementation of a bedtime routine, and perceived chaos and disorganization in the home environment may contribute to childhood obesity through intermediate effects on sleep duration. The models accounted for child age and caregiver body mass index (BMI).

Though dietary modification and physical activity are essential interventions for childhood obesity, our findings highlight the importance of targeting sleep in weight management interventions for low-income children by promoting a consistent bedtime routine, reducing chaos and disorganization in the home environment and encouraging caregivers to monitor screen time, said Appelhans. Our data also supports removing televisions from childrens bedrooms.

Past laboratory studies show that sleep deprivation and short sleep duration may promote weight gain through alterations in appetite-regulating hormones such as ghrelin and leptin or through behavioral mechanisms including increased drive to consume tastier, high-calorie foods. Further research is needed to better understand the association between sleep duration and childhood obesity and to develop and evaluate interventions that would be effective in low-income populations.

The study was funded by the American Cancer Society, Illinois Division. Researchers from Rush University Medical Center, Brown University, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University and East Carolina University were led by Appelhans to conduct this study.


Rush ( is a not-for-profit academic medical center comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health.

The Society of Behavioral Medicine is a multidisciplinary organization of clinicians, educators, and scientists dedicated to promoting the study of the interactions of behavior with biology and the environment and the application of that knowledge to improve the health and well being of individuals, families, communities, and populations.

This study was presented during the 2014 Annual Meeting and Scientific Session of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) from April 23-26, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. However, it does not reflect the policies or the opinion of the SBM. This symposium presentation was held on April 26th. Given that this study was presented at a scientific meeting, the data and conclusions reached should be regarded as preliminary, until they are published in a peer-reviewed journal. Funding agencies played no role in this study. There are no conflicts of interest for the investigators.


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New York, NY (PRWEB) June 11, 2014

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