The grants are targeted to help children and adolescents in populations reflecting high incidence of obesity and excess weight, including low-income populations, certain racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with developmental disabilities. The grant funding will support training for health care providers and other initiatives.
"Overweight and obese children are at great risk for a lifetime of serious health problems such as diabetes, coronary disease or hypertension, and earlier intervention can result in better quality of life and reduced health care problems," Commissioner Shah said. "These grants offer health care providers greater tools to assess pediatric patients for weight problems and takes appropriate steps to prevent childhood obesity."
Approximately 32 percent of students in public schools outside of
The New York State Department of Health's Obesity Prevention Program is working to reduce the prevalence of obesity and overweight children and adolescents, as well as the burden of obesity-related diseases. Initiatives include: health care programs to promote age-appropriate screening for obesity, educating community members and officials about the public health threat of obesity; and surveillance and evaluation of anti-obesity programs
The grants will facilitate the delivery of pediatric care in accordance with the American Medical Association'sExpert Committee Recommendations for the Assessment, Prevention and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity(http://www.ama-assn.org/ama1/pub/upload/mm/433/ped_obesity_recs.pdf).
Seton Health is a comprehensive, not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system anchored by St. Mary’s Hospital in