Children’s and the New Balance Foundation take on childhood obesity

David Ludwig, MD, PhD

David Ludwig, MD, PhD, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center and the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program at Children’s Hospital Boston, was recently featured in the annual medical issue of the Boston Globe Magazine. Ludwig was profiled for his leadership role in the war on childhood obesity.

 “Ludwig, who holds a chair in pediatric endocrinology at Harvard and directs the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at Children’s Hospital, is arguably the nation’s leading crusader in the battle against childhood obesity. With nearly a third of US children and teens overweight, and fully 17 percent obese, Ludwig believes this battle is one we cannot afford to lose.”

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Clearly Dr. Ludwig’s message is an important one. In an effort to share his research with a broader audience, Children’s has partnered with The New Balance Foundation to create the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children’s Hospital. Thanks to a generous donation from the charitable arm of New Balance, Children’s can now do even more to transform the lives of overweight and obese children nationwide and turn the tide against childhood obesity.

Thanks to a donation from the New Balance Foundation Ludwig and his team can take OWL to more people

Keeping with that theme, the Center recently launched a website, with obesity prevention information aimed at parents, kids and medical professionals. Here’s a quick sample of some of the great tools you’ll find there:

Still need convincing? If so meet Delroy, an OWL success story who personifies Ludwig’s message that with the proper direction and a little bit of hard work we all can make a difference in reducing childhood obesity.

  • Alycia Brudner

    Thank you for the useful information you posted on your video and through your writings.  I am an 8th Grade Health teacher and a mother of an 11 and a 9 year old.  I think it is so important for kids to learn how to cook. 

    When I teach Nutrition at school, we brainstorm healthy choices, ingredients, and meal plans.  As a class, we discuss what we will prepare in class.  Then we talk about best purchases (foods that have fewer ingredients and no preservatives) for the final product.  On cooking day, we talk about food safety and preparation.  We notice that the food tastes great, and there is a discussion about all of the nutrients and benefits of the food.  I believe that fighting the obesity epidemic is possible.Parents should be educated about HOW and WHAT to buy at the grocery store.  Then, if they are too busy to cook for their kids, at least there are healthy choices in the house.  Until kids have their driver’s license, cooking skills, and the money to purchase their own food, all of the responsibilty is on the adults.    I usually let my own children choose one junk food per shopping trip.  The rest of the wagon is filled with whole foods. It’s not easy for anyone to maintain a healthy weight these days.  As a working parent, it seems impossible to slice, dice, ad do dishes after a long day of work.  Not to mention, there are so many delicious food choices!  Overeating is made simple, thanks to some marketing genious who figured that increasing portion size and cost of a particular food item is a profitable idea.  As they say, there’s “always a price to pay.”If we consider parent and kids’ nutrition education through hands on and practical learning, in this way, we’ll make a moderate to marked difference in the chronic health issue the children in our country face.  I hope that Nutrtion/Cooking Class is someday made mandatory in all schools, both public and private. Isn’t it just as important to be healthy as it is to know math?