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St. Mary Medical Center to Present Professional Conference on Child Obesity - Archived

Physicians, nurses, dieticians and community health providers will attend to learn best practices in the prevention and care of this growing epidemic

Langhorne, PA, February 21, 2014 —St. Mary Medical Center will present “A Population Health Approach to Child Obesity” Continuing Professional Development Conference on Saturday March 1, 2014 9 a.m. to noon at the Sheraton Bucks County in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The goal of this conference is to educate professional healthcare providers in the assessment, treatment and prevention of child obesity, which is a risk factor for many chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

St. Mary designed this conference in response to their 2013 community needs assessment, in which 19,000 were surveyed locally. The findings indicated that almost one-third of students in Bucks County are overweight or obese.

“We are leading the charge in this region to make sure physicians and other providers are addressing obesity during office visits, when children and their caregivers are open to new information about health in general,” said Dr. Rose Cummings, a St. Mary physician and moderator of the program.

The conference also will cover community-based interventions that are being used successfully to combat childhood obesity, and how healthcare providers can refer their patients to these programs.

St. Mary currently provides a variety of programs that help combat obesity by teaching families about good nutrition and exercise, including KidShape 2.0, Chop Chop Cooking Camp, and Teen Cuisine. These programs are offered throughout the community, all year long.

Dr. Cummings has referred many patients to these programs, and says she sees excellent results in her patients with weight problems.

“Children who have gone through our programs learn how to eat healthy and move more, and we see how excited they get about taking responsibility for their own health” said Barbara Adons, R.N., Director of Community Health for St. Mary.

Professionals who wish to register for the conference or get more information should contact Valerie Frazier 215.710.4612 or vfrazier@stmaryhealthcare.org.

Information on St. Mary’s community programs can be found at www.stmaryhealthcare.org/kidshape.Information on St. Mary’s Community Needs Assessment can be found at http://www.stmaryhealthcare.org/CommunityDashboard