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Children’s Hospital Association and Mattel Children’s Foundation Select Nationwide Children’s Hospital to Participate in Task Force on Best Practices for Pediatric Weight Management Programs

COLUMBUS, OH - 10/27/2008

The National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) announced the selection of Nationwide Children’s Hospital to participate in a task force to identify best practices of hospital-based clinical pediatric weight management programs. Nationwide Children’s is one of 16 hospitals selected to examine and refine successful components of the weight management programs at their collective hospitals. The task force, known as the NACHRI FOCUS Group on Obesity, is supported through an exploratory grant provided by the Mattel Children’s Foundation.

“I am proud that Nationwide Children’s was selected to share the quality initiatives and cost-effective innovations that have been effective in combating childhood obesity in our community,” said Steve Allen, MD, Nationwide Children’s CEO.  “We look forward to contributing to such an important body of knowledge that will provide a blueprint for other pediatric centers to establish their own successful pediatric weight management programs.”

The task force will hold its first meeting in November 2008 in Little Rock, AK, at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and will continue its work through 2009. The final findings will be published in January 2010.

The Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has taken a leadership role in both the prevention and treatment of overweight children through its comprehensive approach to weight management. In April 2009, Nationwide Children’s will co-sponsor the conference, Chronic Diseases in Childhood Obesity: Risks and Benefits of Early Intervention Symposium. The meeting will explore the advent of chronic metabolic diseases among young, overweight children and the response from the medical community. Findings from a collaborative survey conducted by NACHRI and the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition on pediatric obesity programs and the FOCUS group will be presented at the conference. Nationwide Children’s is also a partner in the childhood obesity committee of the Ohio Business Roundtable’s “Health is Everybody’s Business Inc.” initiative.

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