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Invest in Children's Health: Former U.S. Surgeon General

by Tanya Thomas on  June 26, 2011 at 9:41 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
David Satcher, MD, PhD, former U.S. Surgeon General, describes childhood obesity as "one of the greatest threats to child and adult health that we are facing today," calling for an intensive effort to promote child health, in an editorial in the June issue of Childhood Obesity, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The editorial is available online.
 Invest in Children's Health: Former U.S. Surgeon General
Invest in Children's Health: Former U.S. Surgeon General
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A long-time advocate in the fight against obesity, Dr. Satcher released the first Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity during his tenure in 2001. Ten years later, Dr. Satcher still sees obesity as a growing epidemic and proposes, in his editorial, five target areas in which investment would have a significant and long-term impact on improving the health and well-being of children and adults. He also identifies the key factors that contribute to childhood obesity as well as those that impede efforts to reverse this dangerous and increasing trend in the U.S.

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"Dr. Satcher brings illustrious achievement, lifelong dedication, abundant passion, and the view from altitude to this issue," says David L. Katz, MD, MPH, Editor-in-Chief of Childhood Obesity, and Director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center. "When he speaks, all concerned with the well-being of children should listen. We are honored and privileged that on this occasion, he is speaking from the pulpit of our journal."



Source: Eurekalert
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G'Day Research has shown that the 3 main ways to help with child obesity is to 1/ Change their diet 2/ Get them off the couch watching TV or away from the computer 3/ Exercise To get a kid into the kitchen and making their own healthy snacks, treats and food you have to make it fun, interesting and yummy to eat. If you can get them in the kitchen you have already started to deal with 2 of the problems, change their diet and get them off the couch. My partner Pam Vinten [retired cooking teacher] and I thought that we might be able to help get the kids into the kitchen by using Pam's background knowledge and experience. We wrote some eBooks based on natural, healthy chocolate (yes, there is such a thing). Our eBook is called "Chocolate Against Child Obesity ". It covers why our chocolate is healthy and yummy. It also covers the down side of processed chocolate and why it contributes to child obesity. I will give you an easy recipe that the kids will love. The ingredients are available at any health food shop or online. Chocolate Recipe Ingredients ½ cup coconut oil ½ cup cacao powder ¼ cup agave Method Melt coconut oil (if solid) in a basin over very warm water. Combine with cacao powder and agave and mix well. Taste and adjust the sweetness if necessary. Place in pantry ready for use. Get some bananas and cut them in half. Place an ice-cream stick or toothpick in the end and put in freezer overnight. Dip the frozen banana in the runny chocolate sauce (if solid place in a basin over very warm water till runny) and wait till the chocolate sets hard. They are yummy, healthy and the kids will be back for more. Enjoy Team Chocolate Andre and Pam
Teamchocolate Sunday, June 26, 2011

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