Brookhaven Retreat Recognizes National Fruit and Vegetables Month in June

Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) June 16, 2015

Brookhaven Retreat offers a unique voluntary residential program of mental health and substance abuse services designed to help women overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, personality disorders, and substance dependence among other diagnoses. How clients use food can either be helpful or harmful to their recovery, and education is a key component.

Nutrition and exercise are an inherent part of The Lily Program

Efforts to Increase Reach and Impact of Obesity Prevention Work in Early Care and Education Centers Shows National Promise

WASHINGTON, DC (PRWEB) December 08, 2014

A childhood obesity intervention targeting early care and education providers in six states shows promise for changing nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding environments that will greatly benefit young children nationwide. This national model, led by Nemours Childrens Health System, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), outlines a successful approach to spread, scale, and sustain proven obesity prevention efforts to increase the reach and impact of such programs. The model is detailed in a case study featured in the December issue of Health Affairs.

The successful spread and scale of our evidence-based early care and education strategy provides both a model and lessons learned for the field as we continue to work together to reverse the alarming trends in childhood obesity, said Debbie Chang, MPH, enterprise vice president of policy and prevention at Nemours Childrens Health System. Focusing on the spreading, scaling and sustaining promising strategies has the potential to increase the reach and impact of efforts in obesity prevention and help ensure their ever-growing impact on population health.

Nemours childhood obesity prevention efforts began in Delaware in 2004 as part of a comprehensive plan targeting early care and education centers, schools, primary care institutions, community organizations, and social marketing efforts. To spread, scale and sustain one of these successful strategies, Nemours launched the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative to prevent childhood obesity in 2012 in six pilot states with $ 4.2 million in initial funding from CDC: Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, and New Jersey. Since the launch, the model was adopted in Kentucky, Virginia, and parts of Los Angeles County in California and the initiative has received an additional $ 7.47 million in CDC funding. Preliminary data indicate significant increases in the percentage of best practices in healthy eating and physical activity that were adopted by early care and education programs in each of the original six states.

The multi-state project supports early care and education providers in improving the quality of care they provide to young children with a focus on improving nutrition, increasing physical activity, reducing screen time, and providing breast-feeding support through a national curriculum and learning collaborative method. The intervention is delivered through state partners, with technical assistance, training, and coaching provided through a national team.

Simply focusing on spread, scale, and sustainability in early care and education is not enough to change the obesity rate in young children. Chang said. Promising strategies across sectors including primary care schools and other community settings must consider spread, scale, and sustainability from the outset using lessons learned from the early care and education sector.”


About Nemours

Nemours (NAH-mors) is an internationally recognized childrens health system that owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and the Nemours Childrens Hospital in Orlando, Florida along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. du Pont, Nemours offers pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to all families in the communities it serves. For more information, visit

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Lenox Hill Hospital Doctors Learn to Save Lives Through Healthful Cooking During National Nutrition Month

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 04, 2014

On March 10, 2014, Dr. Robert Graham, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program and Director of Integrative Health & Therapies at Lenox Hill Hospital, will return to Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) to teach medical interns and residents from Lenox Hill Hospital how to cook delicious, healthy and meatless dishes. The health-supportive cooking class, to be held during National Nutrition Month, is part of an ongoing series by Fare Wellness, a program developed by Dr. Graham and his wife Julie Graham, a certified health coach and yoga instructor. Launched in 2012, Fare Wellness works to educate healthcare professionals about better food selection and preparation and its impact on health and wellness.

For centuries we have heard that food is the most powerful drug we have for health–not just to prevent, but also to treat, cure, and reverse most chronic illnesses, says Dr. Graham. Our unique cooking and nutrition classes and programs teach young doctors how to use this philosophy and guide their patients towards incorporating more plant-based and whole foods more easily into their diet.

The goal is for doctors to learn to live, cook and eat by example, enabling and empowering them to become role models and teachers for their patients. Inspired by the popular Meatless Monday campaign, Lenox Hill Hospital residents selected for the Monday, March 10th class submitted an original meatless recipe and heartfelt essays addressing how this culinary and nutritional education program will prepare them to discuss food-related choices with their patients.

The evenings menu will feature the vibrant flavors of South East Asia, including: coconut squash soup, vietnamese spring rolls with peanut sauce, hot & spicy leaf wraps, green papaya salad, seared pepper tofu with yunnan greens, vegetarian massaman curry, steamed eggplant oop, stir fry rice noodles and banana coconut tapioca. Chef Richard LaMarita created the menu and will lead cooking instruction and Laura Rosenberg, MS, RD, CDN will present the nutritional profile of the menus from a clinical perspective.

Natural Gourmet Institute is the perfect match for Dr. Grahams program, as it was founded on the principle that what you eat significantly effects your health. NGI is excited to bring their knowledge to the front line of the medical community by empowering doctors with the tools to bring healthful cooking to their patients. Dr. Graham is truly a visionary in the medical community. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Lenox Hill Hospital to address the knowledge gap in nutritional education and its impact on health and wellness, said Anthony Fassio, CEO Natural Gourmet Institute.

Would you like to join us? Email jkauffman(at)nginyc(dot)com for event details.


About Natural Gourmet Institute

Founded in 1977 by Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) is the international leader in health-supportive culinary education. Natural Gourmet Institutes Chefs Training Program is a comprehensive and professional program that trains students to meet the growing demand for culinary professionals who are able to make the connection between food and health. Natural Gourmet Institute also offers public intensives, hands-on instruction, demonstrations and lectures for the healthy cooking enthusiast. On Friday night, the school is transformed into an intimate dining room, where NGIs Chefs Training Program students and instructors prepare a three course vegetarian Friday Night Dinner that is innovative, delicious and beautifully presented.

About Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital with a national reputation for providing the highest quality care, training new physicians, and contributing to progress in research. Recognized nationally as a leader in cardiac care, orthopedics and maternal/child health, the Hospital also offers a wide range of services in radiology, and medical and surgical specialties. A major teaching affiliate of NYU Medical Center, the Hospital is also a recognized leader in public health education and community outreach. For more information, go to

About Meatless Monday

Launched in 2003, Meatless Monday is an initiative of The Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. By going meatless once a week, thus reducing our saturated fat intake, we can limit our risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke.

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New Jersey Bariatric Center Surgeons See Similar Success Among Their Patients As National Institute Of Health Weight Loss Surgery Study

Springfield, NJ (PRWEB) November 14, 2013

A recent study that found weight loss surgery patients maintain their weight loss years after surgery is further evidence of how effective weight loss surgery can be in helping people keep their weight off for the long term, according to a leading New Jersey surgeon who specializes in bariatric procedures, including Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and LAP-BAND.

The study confirms what I have seen in my practice over the past 10 years, says Dr. Ajay Goyal, medical director of New Jersey Bariatric Center and director of bariatric surgery at Overlook Medical Center in Summit. While most weight loss occurs in the first year, patients are able to sustain that weight loss for years after their surgery.

This is important in ending the cycle of rollercoaster dieting where people lose pounds for a few months, only to regain more after they are not able to sustain a fad diet, he continued. Weight loss surgery provides people who are obese with a powerful tool to control their hunger while learning lifestyle modifications that enable them to keep weight off for a sustained period.

The study, known as the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (LABS), was funded by the National Institutes of Health and published online Nov. 4 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). It found that adults who had gastric bypass surgery and LAP-BAND surgery had significant weight loss three years after bariatric surgery. The study did not look at the gastric sleeve procedure.

There are about 24 million Americans who have morbid obesity, which is determined by a persons Body Mass Index, or BMI. A BMI of 40 or higher puts a person into the morbidly obese category. Individuals with a BMI above 40 are at a higher risk of developing serious illness like Type 2 Diabetes, sleep apnea and cancer.

Weight loss surgery alters the digestive tract to aid severely obese patients in losing weight. It is considered the most effective means of controlling weight and resolving co-morbid conditions in the obese patient, according to the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Weight loss surgery has also been shown to improve or resolve other conditions related to obesity, such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and infertility.

About New Jersey Bariatric Center

New Jersey Bariatric Center, a medical & surgical weight loss center with offices in Springfield, Somerset and Hoboken, New Jersey, helps patients achieve long-term weight loss success through the most advanced bariatric surgery procedures, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, LAP-BAND and REALIZE Band procedures. Led by the team of Drs. Ajay Goyal, Glenn Forrester and Angela Jack Glasnapp and Leigh Montes, the New Jersey Bariatric Centers approach to patient care has resulted in zero mortalities and a complication rate that is lower than the national average. For more information about bariatric surgery, visit

Free monthly patient education seminars are held four times a month for individuals interested in learning more about weight loss surgery. To view dates or register for a seminar, visit or call 908-481-1270.

Nutrisystem Announces Fit Girls Rule Founder Keishia Kemp to Appear in National Ad Campaign; Real Life Story: Told to Lose Weight to be More “Dateable”

Fort Washington, PA (PRWEB) December 06, 2012

Nutrisystem reveals the latest real-life weight loss success story. Its like a gut-wrenching scene out of a movie. Pretty girl goes on date. Date doesnt live up to expectations. A man afterwards tells her she needs to lose weight to be more dateable. Except its not a movie. Its a moment in the real life of Keishia Kemp, a vivacious 35-year-old who was always told by family and friends that her curves were beautiful.

On the heels of receiving the lose weight dating advice, Keishia Kemps doctor told her that he was worried about the impact of the past decades weight gain on her 52 frame. This back-to-back reality check about her weight brought tears, followed very quickly by action. Kemp left her doctors office, went home and ordered Nutrisystem.

For Kemp, who didnt want to count calories or points, get weighed-in, visit centers or attend meetings, Nutrisystem was the right choice. In eight months time, Kemp has lost 40 pounds* or one quarter of her body weight through a combination of Nutrisystem, dance fitness and strength training.

Of all these elements, my diet was probably the most important factor in changing my physique, notes Kemp. When I became regimented about my food consumption and portions, drank water, and increased my vitamin intake, the changes were immediate and incredible. I sculpted my body down to a toned and fit 110 pounds — I look strong and healthy. Nutrisystem is also announcing that it has selected Kemp to be one of the new faces in the company’s national ad campaigns.

Finding Her True Fit

Down from a size 12 to a size 0, the more important fit for Kemp has been how gaining control over her weight has opened up new doors in her life. Kemps weight-loss journey also allowed her to unlock her passion for dance-fitness and discover her true calling as a Zumba instructor as well as a desire to share what shes learned as a health/wellness advocate. Kemp founded Fit Girls Rule, a fitness and healthy living advocacy group for those looking to be inspired and have fun while sweating and losing weight.

Keishias 5 Smart Tips

Nutrisystem asked Kemp for her five tips for staying healthy:

Ditch the Diet Mindtrap

There is a difference between dieting versus adopting a healthy lifestyle. Healthy living is a state of mind, notes Kemp. Once Nutrisystem changed my mindset about food, mentally, I moved beyond the short-term idea of merely dieting. You dont have to stop eatingjust eat better!

Do What You Love

The old adage is, If you do what you love, youll never work a day in your life, and Kemp feels the same way about working out. Pain and misery are not a byproduct of exercise, so do something that keeps you in a good mood and feeling positive about exercise, says Kemp. Every once in a while, change up your routine, so that your body receives a jolt of energyan injection of kickboxing, hiking, and even trapeze flying will do the trick!

Be Inspired and Be Inspiring

Share your goals with people — it can help with those who truly want to understand. I let my friends and loved ones know that my smaller indulgences were no rejection of our shared love of good food or traditions, but because I wanted to be healthy and continue on my plan. Ive met amazing new people along the way and have created a circle of fitness buddies, explains Kemp. The cycle of inspiration is remarkable.

Chart Your Course

A lifetime of health and wellness starts with personal accountability, notes Kemp. I like to think of myself as a certified health accountant because of my commitment to tracking my progress. Ive found great success in journaling meals, weight and measurements, water consumption, vitamin and mineral intake, sleep patterns, and even health and self-care appointments.

Be Who You Want to Be

Your opinion of you and your assessment of your self-worth is the most important opinion to consider. Over the course of my journey to the new me, I learned how to be happy, self-assured, and positively content with myself and my imperfections. You cant put a price on that feeling of pride and self-satisfaction, says Kemp.

*Results not typical.

On Nutrisystem, you can expect to lose at least 1-2 lbs. per week. Individuals are remunerated.

To view additional Nutrisystem success stories like Keishia’s, and for more information on the Nutrisystem

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