December 29, 2012

Regional health-care providers focus on child obesity


“With the work the doctors are doing and the different services the agencies offer, it has gone very well,” Alexa King said. “We’re all telling the same message; it’s so much more effective that way.”

“One outcome (from the Pediatric Obesity Initiative) is that pediatricians in the area now have a nutritionist available in their offices,” said Plattsburgh pediatrician Dr. Heidi Moore. “Families now have easier access to that service.”


Moore supports the steps the Goff family have taken to improve their diet.

“The biggest downfall, usually, for kids is carbohydrate intake, portion size and sugar-sweetened beverages,” she said.

“Most parents say their kids exercise plenty, and that’s usually true. They are just keeping up with the calories they burn by putting too many (calories) in.”

The holidays are a good time to promote a balance in healthy food choices, she added: There is nothing wrong with having a gingerbread cookie, but don’t gobble five in one seating.

“The holidays are a great time to evaluate what our comfort foods are and try to make small changes to incorporate more healthy choices,” Moore said.

The initiative also provides mental-health counseling in pediatrician offices to help counter the kinds of issues that may offset efforts to improve food choices.

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