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Food Day is coming up this October 24th!
 How are you going to celebrate?
Participate in the Pour One Out Contest for a chance to win $1000!

Mission: Increase awareness and conversation about sugary drinks and the influence they, as well as their producers, have on the obesity epidemic.

How to Enter: Upload your video to YouTube and then email the video's URL link along with your name, age, mailing address, and phone number to . 

Requirements: You must be 13 years of age or older to submit a video entry. 

Deadlines: Entries will be accepted from Wednesday, September 19, 2012, until 5 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

We hope to see one of our members win!

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (COAM) and we know you all want to be involved. 

The question is, how? 

Should you write a letter to an editor?  Send a proclamation request to your mayor or governor?  Submit a press release?  Tweet or Facebook childhood obesity facts? 

Why not all of them? 

Here is the link to a toolkit with a variety of sample media relations efforts, facts, and other ways to spread the word about COAM!  Your efforts today could impact a child’s health tomorrow.


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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Are you happy with the amount of exercise your child is getting? 

Is your child eating healthily?  

The CDC provides helpful strategies and facts that will help you develop a healthier lifestyle for your child! If you are interested in learning more about childhood obesity then take a look at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Childhood Overweight and Obesity webpage.  


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Dance Out Diabetes, San Francisco, is a revolutionary fitness community where people with all forms of diabetes and people without diabetes join together to make being healthy FUN.  They test glucose, A1C, waist circumference, and blood pressure at no cost to the participants thanks to the support of the Aetna Foundation.  To bring these free monthly dance classes with medical screenings, nutrition advice, and weight-management education to your community, contact Dance Out Diabetes or the Aetna Foundation.

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How about learning to cook this summer?

Learning to cook is the best way to teach a child about different healthy foods. And don't worry about your fussy eaters. If they have made it themselves, they will eat it!

Your child can win a scholarship to a Whole Foods Market cooking class! Just send your child's age, email address and phone number to

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Yes, these kids do take it to the next level, but the point is, it's FUN to move your body. Take some inspiration from these kids and start jumpin'.

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Is it a case of "Do as I say, not as I do" in your child's school. Children learn a lot from school, including how to eat. Many are having breakfast, lunch and snacks there. Are they learning brand loyaty from the vending machines they see there? Are they more tempted to get an unhealthy choice from a shiny, brightly colored machine than stand in line at the cafeteria? The only way to improve foods in our school system is to get involved! Here is one resource...

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Helaine Ciporen: Obesity leads to so many other problems.  I want to know more about your position as Medical Advisor for the MindStream Academy. What is that program all about? How did MindStream get started?

Dr. David Katz: Ray Travaglione,who ran a high school for elite athletes, saw the problem of childhood obesity and recognized that kids with severe obesity really were not getting the resources they need.  And I think in particular, Ray deserves credit for recognizing that there is an overlap between childhood obesity and the problem in childhood of bullying. So these kids are essentially subject to the quintessential addition of insult to injury on a daily basis. So, Ray established MindStream Academy, a fully accredited boarding school for teens with severe obesity.

It’s astounding, but I think more important than what they lose (an average of 50 pounds in a semester) is what they find, at Mindstream. They find themselves. They find their way back to life. And they end with a whole new lease on life and not only with better health, mental and physical health. This works because the instruction here is not involved in anything outlandish to lose the weight. Students are just learning skills, skills for eating, exercising, time management, skills for shopping and cooking. 

They’re able to pay it forward too and teach their families and communities.They’re able to retain those skills.  It’s like learning to ride a bike.  You don’t forget once you know. (To read full interview CLICK HERE)

For more info on Mindstream, see their website:


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Helaine Ciporen: I’d like to see NuVal in every single supermarket. I want to know, how did the food manufacturing industry respond to your labeling system?  I imagine they would be quite concerned.

Dr. David Katz: They didn’t lead in this area and I hope they get out of the way and follow and at this point I think this really should play out in a court of public opinion and the public opinion includes a nation of soccer moms and dads. That’s really who this is intended to help, but the public opinion should also include peer review and the scientific papers we publish.  So the scientific community should scrutinize this and shoppers should use it and if the science is strong and the correlation with health outcomes. For instance, on the NuVal web site there is a report of a woman, a mother of two, who lost 115 pounds over an 18-month period and all she really did was trade up her groceries using NuVal.

Because one of the many virtues of higher quality food is it helps you fill up on fewer calories.  I think the single best way to control the quantity of calories you eat is sto improve the quality of calories you eat. So at this at this point I hope they just stay out of the way and ultimately endorse the system that has won in the court of public opinion. (To read entire interview segment, part 2 click here)

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Helaine Ciporen: You are the Principal Inventor of NuVal, a remarkable system of scoring foods from 1 to 100 based on their nutritional value.  How did you come up with that idea?

Dr. David Katz: Well, NuVal was inspired by many things, but probably foremost among them, my own family. My wife, who has a Ph.D., five kids and a nutritionist husband, would come from the supermarket with four loaves of bread and smoke coming out of her ears and say, “If you want the most nutritious one of these you can figure out which one it is! Bread A is the one with the most fiber, but also the most sodium; bread B has less sodium, but it has added sugar; bread C says zero grams trans fat on the front of the package, but it’s the one with partially hydrogenated oil; and bread D is a multigrain, but it has the least fiber of all.”  Once people have the will to get to better nutrition we certainly ought to give them the way. My idea was essentially a GPS system for nutrition. (Click here for complete interview)

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