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Einstein-Montefiore research tackles childhood obesity in the Bronx
Date:3/23/2010

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"Through his innovative approach to confronting childhood obesity, Dr. Ozuah offers the type of leadership we need to fight the epidemic and its consequences, including the appearance of type 2 diabetes among children and adolescents," said Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean at Einstein and former director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. "Type 2 diabetes is no longer a disease diagnosed only in adults. Children are now facing the dire complications associated with lifelong exposure to type 2 diabetes, including heart disease, kidney disease, blindness and lower-limb amputations. We face enormous human and economic costs if we do nothing."

"This novel strategy to increasing physical activity in children is the outgrowth of Montefiore's school-health program," said Steven M. Safyer, M.D., president and CEO of Montefiore Medical Center. "As one of the largest programs in the country, Montefiore's school-health program has a legacy of success in developing novel ways of improving the health and well-being of urban school-aged children."

The series of CDs, called CHAM JAM (Children's Hospital at Montefiore Joining Academics in Movement), contain educational material and music that encourage dance, movement and exercise. To keep the activities fresh and to offer variety, new versions are regularly developed and distributed.

Building upon this promising pilot program, Einstein-Montefiore researchers will use this new grant to quadruple the reach of the CD series, from 4,000 to 16,000 students enrolled in kindergarten through third grade in Bronx schools. Through this new randomized group, researchers will evaluate the frequency of CD use, physical activity level during playback, and overall physical fitness of the students over the course of two years.

"We have received consistently positive feedback from the schools we're working with and our p
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Contact: Deirdre Branley
sciencenews@einstein.yu.edu
718-430-3101
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Source:Eurekalert

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