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New Jersey to Launch New Statewide Effort to Promote Childhood Obesity Prevention
Date:3/2/2009

tizens," remarked Dr. Steven Kairys, Chairman of Pediatrics, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. "On March 31st, we hope to get New Jersey moving in the right direction on this issue."

"It is the mission of the Council of Children's Hospitals to train the next generation of physicians and health care professionals and to promote evidence-based medicine to improve safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of the children's health care system," said Connie Meyers, who serves as the Council's Executive Director. "The March 31st Conference will help fulfill both those missions."

Stephen Percy, MD, Vice-Chairman of Pediatrics, The Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, said, "Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to be supporting this important summit on the issue of childhood obesity. While the epidemic of adult obesity has been well covered in the media, an equally concerning and not as well covered epidemic has hit our children. Lifetime patterns of behavior are well established in childhood and we know that childhood obesity leads directly to adult obesity making it so important to address this issue early on."

"AAP NJ and PCORE are reaching out to primary care providers who are in a unique position to educate families on the importance of good nutrition and activity from prenatal through adolescence," explained Harriet Lazarus, Program Director, NJ Pediatric Council on Research & Education. "For example: encouraging breastfeeding for infants, limiting screen time in front of televisions and computers and electronic games. We provide support to providers to help get messages out to children and their families preventatively as part of being a Medical Home."

Althea Zanecosky, MS, RD, representing the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and the American Dairy Association & Dairy Council Inc., said "The American Dairy
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