Children’s Menus Remain Unhealthy at Restaurants Despite Industry Push

28 Feb

The healthy eating trend has impacted many American diets in recent years, but there’s one crucial area that has remained largely unchanged – the children’s menu. Studies show many children’s menus lacking in healthy options.

Tracy talks about how parents need to change children’s eating habits at home first while they are young.

How do YOU make sure your kids eat healthy?

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month – Week 4

30 Sep

It’s the end of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!  Medical Weight Loss Clinic would like to thank the following communities that joined us in proclaiming the week of September 19th as Childhood Obesity Awareness Week in Michigan!  Mayors from a few different communities stopped by our clinics to present our proclamations in person or invited us to council meetings so they could formally present their proclamations to us.

THANK YOU again to the following communities that proclaimed the week of September 19th as Childhood Obesity Awareness Week!  We are thrilled that so many local communities joined us on this growing initiative to bring awareness to Childhood Obesity.

Battle Creek, Brighton, Canton, Clinton Township, Flint, Grosse Pointe Woods, Jackson, Kentwood, Lansing, Lincoln Park, Midland, Muskegon, Novi, Port Huron, Saginaw, Southfield, Southgate, Troy, Warren and Toledo, OH.

We would also like to extend another special thank you to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for declaring the week of September 19-24 Childhood Obesity Week. Our children deserve to live life healthy and happy – we commend Governor Snyder and our local communities on working to help ensure that they do!

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Photos from MWLC’s Childhood Obesity Awareness Week pictured above. Clockwise from Top Right: City of Lincoln Park Mayor Frank Vaslo and City of Southgate Mayor Joseph Kuspa with MWLC President David Paull and MWLC Vice President Nick Welham.  City of Southfield presentation of Proclamation to MWLC President David Paull.  Troy Mayor Dane Slater with MWLC President David Paull and MWLC Vice President Nick Welham.  State of Michigan Childhood Obesity Awareness Week Proclamation.

Childhood Obesity Awareness Week – Week 3

23 Sep

It’s the end of Childhood Obesity Awareness Week!  Medical Weight Loss Clinic would like to thank the following communities for joining us in proclaiming the week of September 19th as Childhood Obesity Awareness Week in Michigan!  Mayors from a few different communities stopped by our clinics to present our proclamations in person or invited us to council meetings so they could formally present their proclamations to us.

THANK YOU to the following communities proclaiming the week of September 19th as Childhood Obesity Awareness Week!

Jackson, Troy, Warren and Port Huron

We are thrilled that so many local communities are joining us on this growing initiative to bring awareness to Childhood Obesity.

If you do not see your city listed, it’s not too late to contact your local city or township government to request a proclamation.  It’s also not too late to enter the giveaway of a FREE ProTeen program!  mwlcgiveaway.com

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Clockwise from Top Right: Warren City Representative and MWLC President David Paull interviewed for WarrenTV, David Paull, Mayor of Troy Dane Slater, and MWLC Vice President Nick Welham, Warren Clinic staff, Jackson Clinic staff with Mayor of Jackson Bill Jors

The Positive Impact of Gardening with Children

23 Sep

Gardening provides a great opportunity for kids to play and grow, and can be a powerful tool in teaching children about nutrition.  With a little effort, you can create your very own garden at home!  The benefits of gardening are endless for kids, and encouraging healthy eating at home sets children up for a healthy future.  

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Benefits of Gardening with Kids:

1. Gardening is a great learning experience for children.  Creating and maintaining a garden teaches kids about plant science, weather and nature.

2.  It encourages healthy eating by showing kids how fresh food is grown and then prepared into meals.  Children become invested in food that they garden themselves and have a sense of pride in the foods they have created, making them more likely to eat these healthy options.

3.  It teaches responsibility and the importance of caring for the environment.   It also teaches skills such as patience, planning and organizing.

4.  Gardening promotes physical activity.  Without realizing they are “exercising”, kids are able to get physical activity by being outdoors weeding, planting and watering.

5.  It’s fun!  Kids love digging in soil and getting dirty.  Gardening is also a great activity to spend time as a family.

Tips for Gardening with Kids:

1. Keep it simple!  Try planting a small bed of soil, or grow fruits and vegetables in an existing landscape in your yard.  If you don’t have a lot of space or available land for growing, use small pots with soil for cherry tomatoes or fresh herbs. Use a trellis to grow vegetables like peas and beans.

2.  Use lightweight, easy, and small garden tools and equipment to keep children safe.

3.  Make a scarecrow.  Work with your children to create a fun, and creative version of a scarecrow for the garden.

4.  Select fast growing vegetables and brightly colored flowers to keep the attention of children.

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CBS: Medical Weight Loss Giving Away FREE Pro-Teen Weight Loss Plans

23 Sep

By Dr. Deanna Lites
@DeannaLites, September 22, 2016 11:55 AM

Childhood obesity is on the rise in this country. Now, a Michigan based weight loss organization is hoping to help young people in the state get healthy during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

Medical Weight Loss Clinic is looking to help Michigan kids ages 10 to 17 lose weight. During the month of September, 31 medical weight loss clinics around the state will be giving away 930 Pro-Teen weight loss plans which includes medical and lab work, 10-weeks of weight loss services and nutritional supplements.

In Michigan, 12-percent of middle school children and 15-percent of high school students are considered obese. Eighteen-year-old Jake Stewart of Richmond was one of them. He says the extra weight interfered with his life.

“I couldn’t, like, keep up with my friends,” he said. “And then also, just looking into the mirror, I just wasn’t really OK with what I was seeing and I knew something needed to be done.”

That’s when Stewart was introduced to Pro-Teen weight loss plan.

“I lost 100 pounds and I did that with the Medical Weight Loss program,” he said.

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To receive a free Pro-Teen program, applicants must meet enrollment eligibility based on current program protocols. The Pro-Teen program is designed not only for weight loss, but also to educate young people on more sensible food choices and portion control, to help ensure a lifetime of healthy habits.

The program includes all medical set-up, lab work, 10-weeks of weight loss services and all nutritional supplements, and is valued more than $500 each. To apply, teens must complete a short entry form and describe in 100 words or less why they are interested in MWLC’s Pro-Teen weight-loss services.

Spots in the program will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis until Sept. 30 at mwlcgiveaway.com.

Original content can be found here http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2016/09/22/medical-weight-loss-giving-away-free-pro-teen-weight-loss-plans/

ClickonDetroit: Childhood Obesity Week Sept. 19-24

22 Sep

Originally posted on ClickonDetroit: 10:12 AM, September 21, 2016

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has declared September 19-24 Childhood Obesity Week.

According to the State of Michigan, childhood obesity in the United States has tripled in the past decade; and one in three children are now considered obese or overweight.

Experts estimate that by 2020 approximately 15 million U.S. children will be considered obese; and at the current rate. It is estimated that one-third to one-half of the children born in the 21st century will become diabetic.  In Michigan, 12% of middle school children and 15% of high school students are considered obese.

Governor Snyder is encouraging parents to sit down with their children and teach them how to make healthier food choices, the importance of portion control and the value of exercise.

He also wants parents to recognize the efforts of such organizations as Medical Weight Loss Clinic in providing the resources and tools for Michigan youth to make healthy food choices.

Throughout the month of September, Medical Weight Loss Clinic will be giving away 930 of its special Pro-Teen plans to Michigan’s young people looking for help in maintaining a healthy weight.

“At MWLC, we recognize acutely the challenges people face at every age with healthy weight management,” said David Paull, MWLC president. “As a Michigan-based company, we want to take a stand in the fight against the obesity epidemic among our youth here at home. We’re hoping by making available our expertise, resources and support to nearly 1,000 families free of charge, we can help make a big difference for some of our young people.”

To receive a free Pro-Teen program, applicants (who must have proof of approval for participation from a legal guardian) must be aged 10-17 and meet enrollment eligibility based on current program protocols. The Pro-Teen program is designed not only for weight loss, but also to educate young people on more sensible food choices and portion control, to help ensure a lifetime of healthy habits.

Each clinic’s 30 free Pro-Teen programs – which include all medical set-up, lab work, 10-weeks of weight loss services and all nutritional supplements, and are valued more than $500 each – will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis from using an online entry system here.

Applicants must complete a short entry form and describe in 100 words or less why they are interested in MWLC’s Pro-Teen weight-loss services.

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Original article can be found here:  http://www.clickondetroit.com/health/childhood-obesity-week-sept-19-24

 

Sugary Beverages and Childhood Obesity

21 Sep

Beverages that contain a high sugar content are a contributing cause to the epidemic of childhood and teen obesity.

Sugar-rich drinks such as soda, sports and energy drinks, and flavored teas have become highly popular over the last decade, and particularly so among the young population.  The amount of these types of beverages that are being consumed, as well as the size of those beverages, has increased greatly.  Along with this increase, comes a larger risk for obesity, dental problems and diseases like type 2 diabetes.

One 12-ounce can of regular soda has around 150 calories, 40 grams of carbohydrate, and almost 40 grams of sugar!  These extra calories contribute to weight gain – and extra weight is the largest cause of childhood type 2 diabetes.

When suffering from type 2 diabetes, the body does not make enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels normal or the body’s cells ignore the insulin that is produced.  Insulin is needed for the body to use glucose for energy.  One study has indicated that individuals that consume high amounts of sugary beverages have a 26% greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Reducing sugary beverage consumption can help improve glucose and insulin levels in children, in an effort to prevent childhood diabetes and weight gain.

Be cautious of fruit juice as well.  While fruit juice is often perceived as a healthy beverage, some juices can be just as unhealthy as soda.  The amount of sugar that a fruit juice contains may be as much, or more, than soft drinks and the benefits that come from vitamins in juice are outweighed by the amount of sugar.

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1. Pay attention to nutrition labels when grocery shopping.  Juices marketed as “100% Pure” or “Organic” may not necessarily be accurate.  Read the nutrition label!

2. Don’t be fooled by the word “fruit”.  “Fruit” is thought of as healthy food, and gives the mindset that items that use the word “fruit”, are healthy.  Watch out for “fruit” products that are filled with added sugar and calories.

To avoid the negative effects that sugary drinks have on health, encourage children to consume sugar in moderation and to consume adequate amounts of water.  Promote healthy beverage choices at home and replace sugary beverages with water, milk or real fruit and vegetable juices.

Sources: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/33/11/2477

and http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/parents-and-kids/children-and-type-2/preventing-type-2-in-children.html

C&G News: Scaling Back on Unhealthy Habits

21 Sep

Scaling back on unhealthy habits: Experts weigh in on childhood obesity

By Cari DeLamielleure-Scott, Posted September 21, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — When 17-year-old Jake Stewart looked in the mirror, he didn’t like the person looking back at him.

“I wanted to start losing weight, but just working out in the past didn’t seem to do it,” the Richmond resident said.

Stewart, who is now 18, played sports in high school, but because he was “heavyset,” he said the exercise took a toll on his knees. And his diet — that consisted of frozen meals that he would “throw in the microwave or oven and eat.”

After discussing his options with his mom, Stewart joined Medical Weight Loss Clinic’s Pro-Teen program, which not only helped him lose 100 pounds in a year, but taught him to maintain a healthy lifestyle, he said.

“It was mainly proportioning my meals and making sure that I was starting every day with a breakfast of some sort,” he said.

Stewart also went to the gym daily, and as he started to lose weight, exercising was easier on his knees, he said.

“Anybody can really do it. It’s mainly a mental thing. You have to be willing to not eat as much. … Once you dedicate yourself to it, the results show.”

Childhood obesity rates in America have tripled over the past three decades, and nearly 1 in 3 children in America is overweight or obese, according to first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.

“We know that over time there’s been a very large increase in the number of kids battling childhood obesity,” said Dr. Meg McKeough, a pediatrician with the Henry Ford Medical Center on Farmington Road in West Bloomfield. “It’s a very large problem, needless to say, and we are working on it both in the medical world as well as there are people hoping to see improvements across our country.”

A child’s energy input must balance with the energy output, and McKeough said poor food choices and the amount of time a child spends on screens can have a negative effect.

“The go-to thing is often not the healthiest thing,” she said. “That has created this perfect storm for making it a challenge to give our kids the best opportunity to stay or achieve a healthy weight.”

McKeough — who prefers to use terms like “healthy lifestyle” and “healthy weight” instead of “obese” — said that kids who carry extra weight are at risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma, orthopedic/joint problems and self-esteem issues. McKeough introduces the importance of staying active and eating healthy foods to parents and her patients when they’re young. For instance, she said, babies and young children do not need juice or sugar-added beverages. She also promotes the nationally recognized 5-2-1-0 message, which translates to —per day —five fruits and vegetables, no more than two hours of screen time, one hour of exercise and zero sugar-added drinks.

“This is truly a family-wide message that if everybody works towards this, it could benefit everyone,” she said.

Stewart said his mom’s support while he was in the Pro-Teen program made a difference.

“There’s some days where you want to eat a lot of food, but there needs to be someone there to help you refrain from it,” he said.

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and the week of Sept. 19 has been declared as Childhood Obesity Awareness Week in Michigan. Throughout the month, Medical Weight Loss Clinic — which is a board-certified, physician-administered weight loss program — will give away 930 Pro-Teen programs statewide. Each of the clinic’s 31 locations will distribute 30 plans on a first-come, first-served basis. The programs are for children and adolescents who are 10-17 years of age.

David Paull, president of Medical Weight Loss Clinic, said that childhood obesity is serious and life expectancies are decreasing. But, he said, this epidemic can be stopped, and illnesses like Type 2 diabetes can be prevented.

In order to qualify for the free Pro-Teen program, teens must fill out a form online with an explanation of why they want to lose weight, and they must meet specific qualifications.

“It’s so hard for anybody, but especially for teenagers, to lose weight,” Paull said, explaining that not only do teens need guidance in what foods to eat, but they need someone to help them keep track of their weight loss and their lifestyle.

“Unfortunately, for our teens, it’s really reliant on a parent or guardian who prepares the meals … and we try to incorporate the whole family so everyone can be a support system for the teenager,” he said.

McKeough said she believes there are some benefits to weight loss plans if parents and teens support each other in areas like grocery shopping and meal planning. The difficulty with child obesity, she explained, is that each child is different and has a different metabolism.

“You have to keep trying. Try something, but don’t get discouraged, and keep working at it. There’s a lot of good information, but parents just don’t know where to start.”

To apply for Medical Weight Loss Clinic’s Pro-Teen program giveaway, visit www.mwlcgiveaway.com.

Link to original article in full:  http://www.candgnews.com/news/scaling-back-unhealthy-habits-95960

The News Herald: Clinic to Offer Teen Health Programs for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

20 Sep

Published by The News Herald: Monday, September 19, 2016

From left to right are Southgate Mayor Joseph Kuspa, Medical Weight Loss Clinic Vice President Nick Welham, MWLC President David Paull and Lincoln Park Mayor Tom Karnes. The mayors were at the clinic to declare Sept. 19-24 Childhood Obesity Awareness Week. (Photo courtesy of Medical Weight Loss Clinic)

Throughout the month of September, Medical Weight Loss Clinic, a board certified physician-administered weight loss program with more than 30 locations in Michigan and Ohio, will be giving away 930 of its special Pro-Teen plans to Michigan’s young people looking for help in maintaining a healthy weight.

As part of its effort to bring awareness to the problem locally during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, MWLC will give-away 30 plans each (selected in recognition of the company’s 30th anniversary milestone this year) at all of its 31 Michigan clinics.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity in the U.S. has tripled in the past decade. Currently, one in three U.S. children can be classified as obese or overweight, and in Michigan, 12 percent of middle school children and 15 percent of high school students are considered obese.

“At MWLC, we recognize the challenges people face at every age with healthy weight management,” said David Paull, MWLC president. “We want to take a stand in the fight against the obesity epidemic among our youth here at home. We’re hoping by making available our expertise, resources and support to nearly 1,000 families free of charge, we can help make a big difference for some of our young people.”

To receive a free Pro-Teen program, applicants (who must have proof of approval for participation from a legal guardian) must be aged 10-17 and meet enrollment eligibility based on current program protocols. The Pro-Teen program is designed not only for weight loss, but also to educate young people on more sensible food choices and portion control to help ensure a lifetime of healthy habits.

Each clinic’s 30 free Pro-Teen programs – which include all medical set-up, lab work, 10-weeks of weight loss services and all nutritional supplements and are valued more than $500 each – will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis from Sept. 1 to 30, using an online entry system at www.mwlcgiveaway.com.

Applicants must complete a short entry form and describe in 100 words or less why they are interested in MWLC’s Pro-Teen weight-loss services.

In further effort to draw attention to the national issue on a local level, Southgate Mayor Joseph Kuspa and Lincoln Park Mayor Tom Karnes declared Sept. 19-24 Childhood Obesity Awareness Week.

Source: Medical Weight Loss Clinic

Original article here: http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2016/09/19/life/doc57e05986013b8270957543.txt