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Winthrop-University Hospital’s Parenting Today educational series will offer a free lecture, “Healthy Kids: Weight Management for Children & Teens” on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, at 7:00 PM. The program will be held at Winthrop’s Community Outreach Center, located at 101 Mineola Boulevard at the corner of Second Street in Mineola.

The statistics are staggering. According to the National Institutes of Health, the number of children who are overweight in the United States has doubled in the last two to three decades. The increase is in both children and adolescents, and in all ages, races and both genders; the health implications are enormous.

Colleen Farley Cornell, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, Registered Dietitian in Winthrop Pediatric Associates, will explain the medical risks and social issues children face when they are overweight or obese and simple steps parents can take to help their children or teens develop a healthy lifestyle.

“Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once targeted to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Treating and preventing childhood obesity helps protect the health of your child now and in the future,” said Ms. Cornell.

In fact, the National Institutes of Health recently funded two research projects on childhood obesity. “If we don’t curb this widespread problem, our country will see a substantial increase in cardiovascular disease and other health issues in the years ahead,” said Susan B. Shurin, MD, Acting Director of the National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute, the lead sponsor of the research.

Attendees are asked to arrive at 6:45 PM and park in the rear of the building. Admission is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve your space, call 1-866-WINTHROP.

The Parenting Today program is coordinated by Children’s Health Services and the Department of Pediatrics, part of the Institute for Family Care at Winthrop. For information on other programs at the Hospital, please call 1-866-WINTHROP.

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