Named Editor-In-Chief of Childhood Obesity
In February, Publisher Mary Ann Liebert announced the appointment of David L. Katz, MD, MPH as Editor-in-Chief of Childhood Obesity. As Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Katz will bring a strong, broad vision to the journal, foster collaborations, and encourage high-quality manuscript submission. Childhood Obesity is a bimonthly journal, published in print and online, that focuses on issues and strategies related to weight management and obesity prevention in children and adolescents. The journal provides physicians, nurses, dietitians, diabetes educators, nutritionists, psychologists, educators and school nurses, community organizers, and policymakers with prevention and treatment strategies that promote environmental and policy changes, patient education and motivation tools, and clinical advances in the field.
Honored by the American College of Preventive Medicine
Dr. Katz received the Dr. Katharine Boucot Sturgis Lectureship award from the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) at the Preventive Medicine 2011 annual conference. The award is presented by invitation of the ACPM President to someone who has distinguished themselves by their remarkable contributions to preventive medicine. It is considered the highest award that ACPM confers.
In accepting this award, Dr. Katz delivered a lecture titled "Science, Sense, and Elephense: The Road to Health is Paved with Good Inventions."
The award was established by the ACPM in 1979 with an endowment in honor of Dr. Katharine Boucot Sturgis who was considered a pioneer in pulmonary research, with approximately one hundred publications to her credit including important work on the correlation between smoking and lung cancer. Her experience and research provoked an early interest in the new area of preventive medicine.
Recognized as New Haven Health Hero!
Last November, Dr. Katz was honored as one of 12 Greater New Haven 2010 Health Heroes at a recognition event sponsored by the ConnectiCare Health Plan. HealthCare Heroes are selected by Business New Haven and New Haven magazines in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the local community and beyond. Dr. Katz was chosen based on his career as a public health advocate and as the principal inventor of the NuVal Nutritional Food Scoring System.
And, Recipient of the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award’s Innovation Prize
for his creation of the NuVal Nutritional Food Scoring System. Dr. Katz received the Platinum Innovation Award, the highest level awarded from the CQIA, which has recognized new technologies and techniques in CT businesses since 1995.
Interested in seeing Dr. Katz?
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We've recently expanded our Board of Directors and are pleased to welcome:
Mr. Jeff Olson – two-time Olympian, three-time national champion and Pan American Gold Medalist. He is co-founder and president of Well Nourished Worldwide, whose mission is to deliver a new standard in medicine, health and human performance. Jeff has earned the respect of medical, health and human performance professionals, by his singular focus on "EAT well" execution and the business of it. He is the co-founder of the Metro Denver Health and Wellness Commission and the Zyozy Foundation. He is President of the Colorado Olympian Association and serves on the boards of CAN DO multiple sclerosis and Turn the Tide Foundation. Jeff lives in Denver with wife and their three daughters in Denver, CO. For more information on Jeff visit: www.wellnourishedworldwide.com.
Mr. Rick Weiss – is the President and Founder of Viocare, Inc., a healthcare software company that develops innovative and scientifically-proven dietary and physical activity assessment and behavioral change systems for researchers, clinicians, and wellness counselors.
He has been the Principal Investigator on 19 National Institutes of Health grants and contracts, valued at over $8 million. These projects have formed the basis of Viocare's product line including a wellness program for counselors, VioWell; an electronic dietary history questionnaire, VioScreen; and a community wellness portal for diabetes/obesity prevention, Princeton Living Well (PLW). Viocare's systems have been used by major research and clinical organizations such as Mayo Clinic, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Eli Lilly, FDA, USDA, and NIH.
Rick recently received the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2010, and two New Jersey Small Business Development Center Success Awards (1998, 2005). He has presented at major healthcare conferences and published in peer review journals about new techniques for dietary assessments. Rick lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife and daughter.
Thank you to our recent donors!
Ms. Beth Aldrich/In Her Shoes, LLC
The American Academy of Professional Coders, CT Chapter
Bank of America – In honor of Rick Weiss
Mr. George Boerger
The California Walnut Board
Ms. Teri Cirbo
Ms. Virginia Churchill
Mr. David Garamella
Ms. Nita Ewald
Ms. Paula Lescoe
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Loy
Mr. Drake Mariani
Mrs. Frank Perdue
Mr. Albert Seminksy
Ms. Rhonda Stribling
Tyco Employee Matching Gifts
How to Help
Bringing with it the menace of diabetes, heart disease, disability, and premature death, obesity is a public health crisis of the first magnitude. With your support, Turn the Tide can help to:
- Expand existing and create new programs to help reduce the burden of obesity.
- Make our programs available free of charge to improve your health and the health of your family and your community.
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Turn the Tide Foundation, Inc.
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Attn: Beth Comerford
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Welcome to Our Spring/Summer 2011 Newsletter
A Word from Turn the Tide's President
After a long, cold, and snowy winter, I'm happy to say that spring is finally here! So let's get out and enjoy this beautiful weather – whether that's for a walk in your neighborhood, a hike at a local park, or a bike ride – find something you enjoy doing and have fun!
We've been busy these past several months and have some exciting news to share in this issue about several new Turn the Tide programs. I also want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who responded to our first fundraising email and gave so generously to support Turn the Tide. Your financial support is greatly needed to help us continue to develop new programs that will help us Turn the Tide on obesity.
I appreciate and encourage your help supporting our programs, whether that's by spreading the word, or through direct donation to Turn the Tide.
To your health,
To learn more about Dr. Katz, please visit www.davidkatzmd.com
||A-B-E (Activity Bursts Everywhere) for Fitness.
A-B-E (Activity Bursts Everywhere) for Fitness. By popular demand, we're pleased to announce the availability of a new Turn the Tide program, A-B-E for FitnessTM – a free, web-based exercise program designed specifically to help adults increase their physical activity throughout the day.
These days, most adults are well aware of the health benefits of physical activity but many find it difficult to make time in their busy day to exercise. Thanks to our new online video program, A-B-E for FitnessTM, being active on a daily basis can be easy and fun, and best of all, it's free. A-B-E for FitnessTM is available at http://www.abeforfitness.com.
According to the federal government's Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need at least two and a half hours (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week, along with muscle-strengthening activity that works all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week. In recent years, physical activity research has evolved to reflect compelling evidence that physical activity accumulated in brief bouts spread over the course of a day is "powerful medicine" and provides many of the benefits recognized from longer daily bouts.
The A-B-E for FitnessTM program was designed specifically to help adults meet those recommendations for daily physical activity by offering a library of more than 50 videos offering guided physical activity routines, each of which can be done in 3 to 5 minutes. A-B-E for FitnessTM offers a variety of options based on users' time, interests, needs, and fitness levels, in different settings – the home, office and waiting area.
We teamed up with Dr. Stephan Esser, a Clinical Fellow and specialist in Physical Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and his wife, Tiffany, a personal trainer, to develop the program. They bring their passion for exercise and explain the exercises clearly and provide options to perform each activity in a basic or more advanced manner.
The idea behind A-B-E for FitnessTM was sparked by Dr. Katz from his experience over the past several years as he has spoken to thousands of people about our school-based physical activity program, A-B-E for FitnessTM. Everywhere he took A-B-E for FitnessTM, he would get the question: "What about us? What about the parents and the teachers?" Until recently his answer was: "we're working on it!" A-B-E for FitnessTM makes it possible to fit physical activity into any day, just as ABC makes it fit into any school day. We plan to expand the video library over time because our goal really is: physical
activity that can fit in everywhere, every day, for every body!
The benefits of daily physical activity include improved health status and well-being, increased energy levels, reduced risk for heart disease and cancer, reduced stress, improved mood, and improved productivity at work and school. Since the A-B-E for FitnessTM program is short, doable, and fun, it can help people change their perception of physical activity so that being more physically active becomes part of their normal lives. A-B-E for FitnessTM is sponsored by the California Walnut Board and Commission (www.walnuts.org).
||National Exchange for Weight Loss Resistance.
We're also pleased to announce the National Exchange for Weight Loss Resistance (www.newlr.com) – a lively newly launched web community where people who can't seem to lose weight no matter what they do can find solidarity, understanding, reliable information, and the opportunity to trouble-shoot the problem together.
Weight loss resistance is just recently being recognized by the medical community, and the causes are still uncertain. There are certainly times when people overestimate the calories they are expending in physical activity, or underestimate the calories they are taking in – but true resistance to weight loss clearly exists as well. Among the factors that can account for weight loss resistance are various hormonal disorders, from hypothyroidism to insulin resistance to leptin resistance; a wide array of genetic factors related to resting energy expenditure; the bacterial flora of the GI tract; and potentially some environmental exposures.
The intent of the National Exchange for Weight Loss Resistance is to help people struggling with weight loss resistance find others who really understand what they are going through. By sharing frustrations, and insights, the Exchange is hoped to produce both solidarity and real solutions. The web platform is designed to facilitate an exchange of ideas and stories among those who suffer from weight loss resistance, as well as bring expert guests to the site.
According to Dr. Katz, initially the focus is just on establishing a thriving community committed to sharing, understanding, and problem-solving. But eventually, he'd like to turn this forum into a research tool as well – gather data, and use what we learn to solve the problem. "Ideally, over time, the Exchange will put itself out of business – by helping to make weight loss resistance disappear!"
||Need a program to help with your health promotion efforts – look no further!
We're collaborating with the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center to spread the word about the New England Region PHINDER- (Promising Health Interventions Inventoried by a Network of Diverse Experts for Regional Application) Clearinghouse.
Prevention, health promotion, and chronic disease management programs have the potential to make a positive impact on our nation's health status and save the nation trillions of dollars in unnecessary health care spending. While wellness and prevention programs have been in existence for decades, they have never been shared in a comprehensive manner for large-scale uptake.
A flood of factors into our daily lives contribute to the development of obesity and chronic diseases in children and adults alike. To stop the flood, we need to build a levee- and for everyone to be part of that process, they need to get their hands on a sandbag' that suits their situation. That's just what PHINDER provides: health promotion programs for diverse settings, many of which are free, so that everyone can be part of the solution!
Many promising health promotion practices have been devised for diverse settings such as worksites, schools, communities, etc.; however, universal access to a detailed searchable inventory of such practices did not exist. PHINDER was developed to do just that. According to RADM Michael R. Milner, Assistant Surgeon General, HHS Regional Health Administrator, and PHINDER Advisory board member, "PHINDER supports our departments' national healthcare reform efforts that promote prevention practices at the community level and will help assist parents, teachers, policy makers, health leaders and other 'prevention champions' locate tools to empower positive change which promotes healthy living."
PHINDER was developed through a collaboration of the CDC-funded Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) – CT Chapter, the Connecticut Cancer Partnership/CT State Department of Public Health, and the Commissioners of Heath in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT. And, best of all, like all Turn the Tide programs, PHINDER is available free of charge and can be accessed at http://yalegriffinprc.org/CommunityConnections/PHINDER.aspx.
||NuVal Nutrition Quality Labeling in Independence, MO school cafeterias – an early look ...
Bringing the NuVal nutritional food scoring system to school cafeterias is just one way Turn the Tide is helping kids learn more about making healthy food choices – and making it really easy at the same time! NuVal scores foods from 1-100, the higher the score, the more nutritious it is. This past winter, we helped to bring NuVal to the Independence MO school cafeterias to help students learn more about making healthy food choices and improve their diets. Were also helping to evaluate the impact of using the NuVal food scoring system in the schools and will share those findings as they are available. Check it out here: www.nuval.com/vidoes.
Stay tuned for updates in future issues of our Newsletter.