199539 Successful wellness by eating & exercising together: Addressing pediatric obesity at the community level through public-private partnerships

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 4:45 PM

Kimberly Altman, MS, RD , Henry J. Austin Health Center, Inc., Trenton, NJ
Catherine Taeffner, CPT , Henry J. Austin Health Center, Inc., Trenton, NJ
Kemi Alli, MD , Henry J. Austin Health Center, Inc., Trenton, NJ

From 1980 to 2006 the prevalence of obesity has doubled among children aged 6 to 11 and tripled among adolescents aged 12 to 19. The Surgeon General's 2008 report has stated that obese children are at risk for a host of illnesses that lead to various and deadly health consequences into adulthood. Childhood obesity is a national epidemic that has economic, social and health ramifications that will affect us all if this trend is not derailed. The goal of the SWEET Program is to help overweight and obese children reach and maintain a healthy weight goal.


There are two measurable objectives: SWEET participants will achieve a healthy body-mass index; and they will incorporate knowledge and interest in nutrition and lifestyle changes into everyday living. The objectives were met through the use of a family oriented, detailed, and structured eight week curriculum that includes weekly fitness activity sessions with a certified personal trainer and one-on-one sessions and group classes with a licensed dietitian. Participants meet once a week and establish goals, track their BMI, receive incentives, and have a healthy dinner.


54% of the forty one participants showed improvement in their BMI over the eight weeks and 95% showed incorporation of knowledge and interest of nutrition and lifestyle changes into their everyday life.


Over the last two years the goals were achieved with relative remarkable accomplishments. The SWEET program has demonstrated that a childhood weight loss program can be successful with family inclusion and community partners.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the foundation for understanding the critical importance of family involvement into a childhood weight loss program. 2. Describe a module for a childhood weight loss program that can be incorporated into any community. 3. Demonstrate the benefits of public-private partnerships in implementing and sustaining a weight loss intervention program.

Keywords: Children and Adolescents, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a pediatrician for over ten years. Created, developed and wrote the grant for the only free childhood weight loss program in Trenton, NJ. Coordinated the childhood weight loss program from 2001-2003.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.