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Press Release: Live Light Live Right, “The Healing Power of Food” Conference

Live Light Live Right had its first conference, The Healing Power of Food, on June 2, 2016, at Brookdale Medical Center. The day was composed of workshops, panel discussion, community marketplace and a variety of local vendors to showcase the importance of having a healthy community in East New York and Brownsville. Torian Easterling, MD, MPH; Assistant Commissioner discussed health inequity in Brooklyn, Elisa Zied, MS, RDN, CDN (Author of Younger Next Week) spoke about how to feed your family right, and community partners showcased the important work they are doing in the community to educate and provide resources to the families that live in Brownsville. A panel made up of Kedesch E. Altidor-Dorcély; Public Health Advisor, Let’s Move Initiative (Launched by First Lady Michelle Obama), Molly Hartman; Senior Advisor for Food Policy, Office of the Mayor, City of New York, Donna Perry; Miss plus New York; Founder F.A.T.G.I.R.L., Stephen O’ Brien; Director of Food & Menu Management, New York City Department of Education, SchoolFood, and Temitope Jose; Pediatrician, SUNY Downstate Medical Center discussion focused around Improving Food Justice and Food Security in Brownsville.

The day proved to be a success, and was covered by the Brooklyn Reader. To read more click here.

How Important Your Metabolism is in Weight Loss

A recent New York Times article titled After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight explained why many struggle to keep off weight lost.1 The article explains that someone who deliberately loses weight will have a slower metabolism once they stop dieting. Therefore, researchers were not surprised to see that contestants from ‘The Biggest Loser’ had slow metabolisms once the show ended and had a difficult time keeping weight off. Weight loss is accompanied by a slowing of one’s resting metabolic rate (RMR). This phenomenon is called ‘metabolic adaptation” or ‘adaptive thermogenesis’ and it acts to counter weight loss and contributes to weight regain.2

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Press Release: Brookdale Hospital to Host “The Healing Power of Food” Conference to Seek Innovative Solutions to Obesity and Promote Healthy Living in East New York

Brooklyn, NY (May 5, 2016) Brookdale Hospital and Live Light Live Right (LLLR) will host ‘The Healing Power of Food’, a one-day conference on nutrition, health and wellbeing for members of the Brownsville and East New York communities on on June 2, 2016 at Brookdale Hospital. . “The Healing Power of Food” aims to engage, connect, and share resources that will empower the community and help provide a lasting impact on health and obesity.

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Sarita Dhuper, MD Participating in a Community Forum

On November 16, 2015 Dr. Sarita Dhuper will be participating in a Community Forum on Childhood Obesity. The Other “F” Word is being presented by Donna Perry, Founder of F.A.T.G.I.R.L and is Ms. New York Plus America 2015 and Robert Cornegy, Jr.,  Council Member, 36th Council District. The open forum is to have dialogue with parents and leaders in the community on all the elements that impact childhood obesity.

It will be held at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216 (community room). It is from 6pm-8pm and if you would like to register to come please call 347-265-1978 or email: fatgirlmovement@yahoo.com.

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2015 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting

Live Light Live Right was honored to present our research at the Annual Meeting for Pediatric Academic Societies in April.  We presented on topics such as, increasing prevalence of severe obesity in Brooklyn, Fitness levels in severe obesity, parental readiness to attend an obesity program for their children and other important issues related to childhood obesity.

To learn more about our research, Abstracts accepted at PAS and ESPR-1

Efficacy and Sustainability Evaluation of PATH, a Childhood Obesity Program

In NYC, over 20% of elementary school aged children are obese, but the burden is greater in populations of color and economically disadvantaged areas of NYC. We propose a pilot study to evaluate a 6-week intensive lifestyle modification program designed for parents of obese children (5-12 years of age), called Parents as Teachers and Healers (PATH). PATH is a novel pilot program of Live Light Live Right (LLLR), a comprehensive childhood obesity management program serving North Central Brooklyn since 2003. LLLR offers a multi-level, integrated care model with four key components: medical screening/treatment, nutrition education, behavioral counseling, and referral to supervised physical fitness. Continue reading →

A Smart Start: A Symposium on Preventing Childhood Obesity

On April 16th, many of the Live Light Live Right staff attending this symposium on Preventing Childhood Obesity at Columbia University Medical Center.  The purpose of this symposium was to understand the importance of the associations between pregnancy related risk factors, infant feeding practices and early childhood interventions with later obesity in childhood through adulthood and to identify potential ways for preventing obesity.

‘KNOCKOUT OBESITY’ Boxing Demo Aims to Curb Obesity in Poor Communities Live Light Live Right to ‘KO’ Obesity at Brownsville Recreation Center

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BROOKLYN, NY (October 20, 2014) — The obesity epidemic is a crisis in poor communities like Brownsville, Brooklyn, where two-thirds of children ages 5 to 11 are overweight. Brooklyn based charity, Knockout Obesity, began implementing its new “KO Program” this summer, supporting community centers serving low-income neighborhoods. On Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 10:00AM, Knockout Obesity will host a boxing demonstration for Live Light Live Right youth at Brownsville Recreation Center (1555 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11212).

Currently, Knockout Obesity is hosting its first eight-week pilot program at Bushwick-Hylan Cornerstone located in the Bushwick-Hylan NYCHA Houses. Knockout Obesity provides a course blueprint and professional boxer to teach each class. Boxing equipment is donated to participating community centers, and existing staff is trained to sustain the program year round.

Charity founder and Brooklyn restaurateur, Dimitrios Verteouris, personally contributes to the weekly KO classes, engaging youth in a variety of boxing drills and calisthenics, followed by a cool down period and nutrition lesson. A former cast member on Food Network’s reality show, Fat Chef, Verteouris lost 82lbs in three months using boxing and his own good eats at Nature’s Grill.

Earlier this year, Knockout Obesity was the recipient of a $25,000 donation from Two-Time and Two Division Boxing World Champion and NABF Welterweight Champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi. Knockout Obesity has been featured by ESPN, The Insider, New York Daily News, New York Post, Metro NY, Hot 97 and more. www.KOobesity.com

About Live Light Live Right

Live Light, Live Right is a Brookdale Hospital and community-based partnership, non-profit 501(c)(3), serving overweight and
obese children ages 2-19. Nearly half of the children in the program are those who live below the poverty line; suffer from a BMI
>95th percentile or are at high risk of developing diabetes or other serious chronic diseases. By providing free or highly subsidized services, Live Light has already helped over 2,500 children improve their diet, exercise habits, and their health. The novel, multi-disciplinary approach has resulted in positive health outcomes, including the reduction of Body Mass Index scores, cholesterol, blood pressure, and insulin levels for nearly three-quarters of all participants. www.livelight.org

Contact:

Katherine Kostreva, On Point Publishing
(727) 492-6421
Katherine@onpointpublishing.com

Alisha Rappaport, Live Light Live Right
alisha@livelight.org

Live Light Live Right Celebrate Weight Loss Success at their Annual Holiday Party

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Brooklyn, NY(January 17th, 2014)-Live Light Live Right (LLLR), an adolescent obesity program, funded by Robinhood Foundation www.robinhood.org, held their annual holiday party Friday January 17th at Brookdale Hospital Center www.brookdalehospital.org. Nearly 200 hundred children and their families attended to celebrate the achievements and successes of those who have joined LLLR on this journey to promote health and fitness that have transformed their lives. The event celebrated the success of the children who have lost weight and remained committed to the program.  Additionally, children who had the highest show rate at their exercise classes were rewarded. The children and their families enjoyed an evening of food, games, fitness and dance competition.  Healthy food was prepared by the chefs at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, which included nutty chick pea quinoa salad, grilled barbeque chicken and a low fat lasagna to name a few of the menu items. Robinhood Foundation, graciously donated the gifts that were given out to our children.  “We are commited to providing them with all the tools necessary to keep them on track on their journey to a healthy.”,  stated Sarita Dhuper, Executive Director.

About Live Light Live Right

Live Light, Live Right is a Brookdale Hospital and community-based partnership, non-profit 501 ( c) (3), serving overweight and obese children ages 2-19.    Nearly half of the children in the program are those who live below the poverty line; suffer from a BMI >95th percentile or are at high risk of developing diabetes or other serious chronic diseases.  By providing free or highly subsidized services, Live Light has already helped over 2,500 children improve their diet, exercise habits, and their health.  The novel, multi-disciplinary approach has resulted in positive health outcomes, including the reduction of Body Mass Index scores, cholesterol, blood pressure, and insulin levels for nearly three-quarters of all participants.

About Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center

The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center is one of the largest voluntary nonprofit teaching hospitals and regional tertiary care centers. Brookdale provides general and specialized inpatient care to thousands of people every year. Our community centered organization provides numerous outpatient ambulatory care services in both on campus and off site facilities. Our mission is the commitment of being the focus of a healthy community, stressing the organization’s values of caring and respect for everyone.

Press Contact:

Alisha Rappaport
Director of Marketing and Development
Alisha@livelight.org
516-984-6865

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LLLR Receives $35,000 Grant for Volunteer Program

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We are thrilled to announce that we received a $35,000 Health Care Improvement grant from the United Hospital Fund, our first grant from the organization. The grant will help us promote voluntarism through our  new Let’s Share Volunteer Program, which operates in conjunction with Brookdale Hospital Medical Center. Each year, Brookdale’s over 700 volunteers’ selfless contributions of time and energy help make a difference. 

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