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

Gingery Salmon with Peaches

19 Sep

Get your taste buds ready! Our new Gingery Salmon with Peaches recipe is sweet, savory and absolutely delicious!

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Servings:
1 Protein
0.5 Vegetable
1 Fruit
Suitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients:
1 tsp. Fresh Grated Ginger
Pam Spray
Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
1/2 serving Onion, cut into wedges
1/2 tsp. Fresh Thyme Leaves
1 1/2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 serving Fresh Salmon Steak
1 serving Peaches, cut into wedges

Preparation:
Heat grill to medium-high. In small bowl, combine vinegar, ginger, thyme and pepper. Season the salmon with mixture and spray with Pam. Grill the salmon and onions until the salmon is opaque throughout and the onions are tender. After flipping the salmon, place the peaches on the grill and cook until tender. Drizzle salmon with vinegar mixture and serve with onions and peaches.

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month – Week 2

19 Sep

Week 2 of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is proving to gain momentum as communities are responding.  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!

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

Battle Creek, Clinton Township, Kentwood, Lansing, Lincoln Park, Midland, Novi, Saginaw, Southgate

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.

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Saginaw Proclamation

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Kentwood Proclamation

Getting Active to Reduce Childhood Obesity

15 Sep

Updated:  8/22/18

Physical activity and exercise is a crucial part of keeping children healthy and preventing childhood obesity and disease.

Here’s some ways to help get your family active:

1. Create an open discussion with children and explain why it’s important to sit less and move more, to become and stay healthy.

2. Limit “screen time” each day.  Give kids a set amount of time that they may spend watching television, playing video games, or using the computer.  Encourage kids to use this time for physical activities.  When kids are spending time in front of the TV, teach them to move during commercials.

3. Create exercise and activity goals for the entire family.  Include individual goals, and activities that the family will participate in together.  Set realistic and specific goals, such as walking or biking for 20 minutes a day, three days a week.

4. Make exercise fun with your family by choosing an exciting activity – dance, play tag, go on the swings at a park, go swimming, play Frisbee.

5. Park your car farther away – have kids count the number of steps it takes to get to your destination.

6. Encourage children to join sports teams.  This a great way to encourage exercise and to make friends, learn how to work as a team and have fun!

Each of our 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, 2016, 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.

Creating Healthy Eating Environments for Children

12 Sep

Updated: 8/2/18

The food and behavior choices of children are shaped by the eating environments that surround them, access to healthy and fresh food, and product marketing.  Creating a healthy eating environment for children helps prevent childhood obesity and can leave a lasting positive impact into adulthood.

Here are some ways to promote a healthy eating environment for your kids:applebanana

1. Keep a variety of fresh fruits within reach of your children – this will encourage them to grab a healthy snack.

2. Inform children about nutrition and why it’s important to eat healthy foods.  Discuss the different food groups and what foods fit into each group.

3. Provide healthy beverages, such as water and fruit juice.  Limit foods and drinks that contain added sugar.

4. If available, create a garden at home and grow fresh fruits and vegetables.  Involving kids in gardening fresh vegetables will encourage them to eat them.

5. Cook meals at home where you have control over ingredients and portion sizes.  Prepare plates in the kitchen before serving a meal and sit down to eat a family meal together when possible.

7. Pack lunches with your kids – if they are invested in what they will be eating, they are more likely to enjoy the food and not throw healthy items away.

Each of our 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, 2016, 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.

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month – Week One

9 Sep

We are receiving an overwhelming response so far closing out our first week of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!  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!

Each of our 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, 2016, 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.

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

Brighton, Canton, Flint, Jackson, Muskegon, Southfield, Warren. 

Special thanks to Governor Snyder and the State of Michigan!  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!

If you do not see your city listed, please feel free to contact your local city or township government to request a proclamation.

 

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MWLC Childhood Obesity Awareness Giveaway

8 Sep

Throughout the month of September 2016, Medical Weight Loss Clinic  will be giving away 930 of the special Pro-Teen plans to Michigan’s young people looking for help in maintaining a healthy weight.

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As part of our effort to bring awareness to the problem locally during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we will give-away 30 plans each (selected in recognition of the company’s 30th anniversary milestone this year) at all of our 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 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 of our 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, 2016, 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 this important national issue on a local level, we have submitted letters of request to the political leadership of cities housing each of its clinics, as well a state leadership, to have the week of Sept. 19, 2016 officially declared Childhood Obesity Awareness Week in Michigan.

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MWLC President David Paull at the Southfield City Council meeting with Mayor Kenson Siver receiving our first proclamation.

Apples: The Back to School Fruit

8 Sep

As the Fall season approaches, and kids head back to school, it’s time to stock up on apples!  Apples provide several health benefits and are a great addition when packing your child’s lunch.

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3 Health Benefits of Apples:

1. Apples have high fiber content.  A medium apple contains about 4 grams of fiber, helping you feel full, promoting intestinal regularity, and helping to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

2. Apples are rich in Vitamin C, an essential vitamin that helps the body create and maintain connective tissue.

3. Apples are high in antioxidants, contributing to decreased inflammation and reduced risk of cancer.  Apples contain a significant amount of an antioxidant called quercetin, which helps promote healthy lung function.

5 Ways to Incorporate Apples into Healthy School Lunches:

1. Make an “apple sandwich” by using apple slices as “bread” and filling the middle of two slices with peanut butter.  Try adding raisins.

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2. Add diced apples to tuna salad and wrap tuna mixture in a whole wheat pita to add some crunch to your child’s sandwich.

3. Use a vegetable spiralizer to make apple “pasta” noodles.  Kids can turn the spiralizer handle and watch their fruit turn into pasta.  Use as a base for a fruit salad, or place spiralized apple into a container to be eaten like “noodles”.

4. Kids love to dip!  Slice apples into thin “sticks” that can be used for dipping.  Pack peanut butter or yogurt to dip the apple sticks.

5. If simply adding apple slices to your child’s lunchbox, cut up the apple, then reassemble it with a rubber band around it – to keep the apple slices from browning and fresh until lunchtime.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC442131/

MWLC Green Bean Casserole

8 Sep

Simple and delicious – our healthy MWLC Green Bean Casserole only takes 15 to 30 minutes to make! Try it for lunch today!

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Servings:
• 1 Vegetable
• 1 Nutrient
• 1 Starch (if optional Melba Toast is added)

Ingredients:
• 1 serving Fresh Green Beans
• 1 MWLC Cream of Mushroom Soup Nutrient
• 1 serving Melba Toast, optional
• Garlic Powder, Mrs. Dash, Onion Powder and Pepper to taste

Preparation:
Steam green beans until tender. Add MWLC Cream of Mushroom Soup Nutrient, mix with a little bit of water. Season with garlic powder, Mrs. Dash, onion powder and pepper. Simmer for 15-30 minutes. You may crumble Melba Toast over the top (serving also counts as 1 starch if added.)