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October 28, 2010

“Childhood Obesity – Prevention is the Key!” Presented by:  John Monaco, MD Pediatrician and Published Author on Childhood Obesity

BRANDON - - (October 25, 2010) - - Brandon Regional Hospital and noted pediatric author, John Monaco, MD present  “Childhood Obesity – Prevention is the Key,” November 4th, 7 p.m. at Randall Middle School.  

“This generation is the first that will not outlive their parents!” emphasizes Dr. Monaco, pediatrician and published author on childhood obesity.  “And we have gotten very good at the blame game: ‘It’s because of TV, computers and video games! There’s not enough PE in the schools! Too much high fructose corn syrup in EVERYTHING! It’s because of the breakdown of the nuclear family!’  All of these things are of course true, but no one tells us what to do about it.  Well, I say it’s time to forget about the blame and stop obsessing about the causes.”  

According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.  The prevalence of obesity among children, ages six to 11, increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008.  The prevalence of obesity among adolescents, 12 to 19, increased from 5.0% to 18.1%.  

Attend Randall Middle School on November 4th at 7 p.m., where Dr. Monaco will guide parents through the challenges of changing our children’s eating habits and adding physical activity into our daily, busy lives.  “We are all in this together now!” states Dr. Monaco.   “We are at time ZERO, and we all have to work together to solve this problem and, more importantly, prevent it from ever happening again – prevent us from robbing an entire generation of their childhood.”

John Monaco, M.D. is originally from the Northeast, having migrated to Florida after completing medical school at SUNY at Buffalo in 1981. He trained in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care at the University of Florida, and then moved to Louisville, KY, where he established the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Audubon Hospital. After returning to Florida in 1992, he has spent most of his professional time running the inpatient pediatric unit at Brandon Regional Hospital.

In 1999, Dr. Monaco co-authored Slim and Fit Kids, Raising Healthy Children in a Fast Food World, published by Health Communications, Inc. The book offers solutions and strategies to deal with the childhood obesity epidemic while stressing the importance of prevention through healthy diet and lifestyle. He continues to lecture and consult on this important societal issue.