By Lauren Johnson
It’s New Year’s resolution time again and you’ve been thinking about helping your child get healthy. This is the year you’re going to do it. That’s great! You’re on the right track. But…as any gym owner will tell you, though the treadmills might be full of determined exercisers every January, come March or April, the gym’s back to normal again. So why are New Year’s resolutions so hard to keep?
According to clinical psychologist Dr. Amanda di Bartolomeo, there’s good reason people lose patience when trying to make changes: “Changing behavior can be hard because it takes time. When you think of how long it took to develop the habits you have now – most of them have been developed over a lifetime – it makes sense that changing these behaviors would take time and effort.” But don’t despair. When you start thinking of achieving your goals as a long game, momentum can be your ally. “Starting with very small changes is more likely to lead to success and the feeling of success motivates maintaining new behaviors.”
Live Light Live Right Warrior Basketball Team traveled to the Barley’s Center to see The Nets crush the Denver Nuggets 116-111! With Coach Martin leading the way via subway, the kids and some of their parents cozied up in their seats to watch the exciting teams duke it out on the court. “What an amazing night we had! All of the training our team has done over the last couple months came to life seeing these professional athletes doing the same drills and lay-ups we do during our practices. “The kids had a great time and it was great seeing them enjoy themselves,” said Coach Martin. As the night began to wind down, the kids were given Nets t-shirts, towels and bobble head player dolls by The Nets Organization! Everyone enjoyed being a part of a great night! “I would most definitely recommend the Live Light Live Right Program to any parent whose child is struggling with their weight. Especially to join the Warrior Basketball team!” said Kamilla, mother of Christian, age 10.
Live Light Live Right Thanks, The Nets Organization for their generous donation.
On August 27, 2016 Live Light Live Right participated in the Bike East 2016 event. It was a great event and we were happy to be a part of this exciting day.
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.
Join Live Light Live Right’s New P.A.T.H. Program to learn about how you can make a difference in your child’s health. Download the flyer to register for the program.
July 25th and it will run through August 29th from 9:30am to 11:30am. We will leave on out biking adventure from CAMBA Beacon, corner of Linden Blvd & Van Siclen Ave (Bus B83 and Subway 3 to Van Siclen and a 4 block walk to our location)
This is a free program from our children. We will:
We want to thank our partner Bike NY for working with us to make this happen. If you are interested in being a part of this amazing program. Please call us at 718-240-8125.
Adolescents have unique physical and psychosocial issues related to obesity and require special care. It is often difficult for these adolescents to manage their nutritional needs, exercise, school and their mental health. Recently there have more opportunities for adolescents with severe obesity (over 300lbs) that meet specific criteria, and continuously struggle with their weight to have special weight loss surgery( Read the latest review).
The first approach is the holistic method, which is what we are LLLR strive to give our youth, but if we find they are really struggling and are committed to their weight loss, we are evaluating them to see if weight loss surgery is a safe option for them. It is not a quick fix but if adequately prepared with family support the adolescent can lose a significant amount of weight over a period of one to two years with improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, sleep apnea and diabetes.
Our LLLR team can evaluate, prepare and refer adolescents with severe obesity that may require weight loss surgery. Columbia Presbyterian and Brookdale offer informational sessions that can be arranged for adolescents meeting the criteria and the surgery is covered by insurance. Live Light Live Right will be offering group sessions with peer support from patients that have had the surgery with great success.
These adolescents can share their experience of what to expert during the total process. If you would like to find out more please contact Dr. Dhuper’s office at 718-240-5857 to set up an appointment for further evaluation.
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
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 →