As of December 1, 2017, we are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Brightpoint Health (www.brightpointhealth.org). Brightpoint Health is a recognized leader in the delivery of high-quality, person-centered, integrated care resulting in improved health outcomes for people, families, and communities challenged by health disparities caused by poverty, discrimination, and lack of access. The missions of Live Light Live Right and Brightpoint Health complement each other, and this partnership will play a vital role in the health and well-being of the children in our community.
Dr. Sarita Dhuper, Founder and Executive Director of Live Light Live Right stated, “By combining our resources with Brightpoint we are able to increase our outreach to the community and continue to provide excellent care to our patients. The first-rate team of doctors, nurses, and administrators at Brightpoint have made this transition easy and welcoming. We look forward to a bright future with Brightpoint!”
Please feel free to call 855-681-8700 to make an appointment at our Brightpoint office which is located at 2412 Church Avenue or call Rena Sooknanan at 718-221-1598, to set up an appointment at our Eastern Parkway office located at 1162 Eastern Parkway.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 →
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.
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
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.
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.
With the holidays upon us, the risk of overeating and not exercising enough is huge. But a new study shows that even just a moderate amount of daily exercise can make a significant difference in longterm health. Continue reading →