Penn State President tackles childhood obesity issues on WPSU-TV/FM

January 22, 2009

University Park, Pa. — Experts say overweight children face a high risk of becoming overweight adults.  And with the many health complications that are associated with obesity, the challenge is to get kids to eat right and exercise.  Maintaining a healthy lifestyle takes commitment and willpower, no matter how old you are, and Penn State President Graham Spanier looks into ways to pass that message along to children on the upcoming edition of  "To The Best Of My Knowledge."  The live call-in program airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM.  It also airs on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).

President Spanier and his guests, Dr. Ronald Williams, director of the Penn State Children's Hospital Multidisciplinary Weight Loss Program; and Jennifer Savage Williams, research associate with the Penn State Center for Childhood Obesity Research, will discuss strategies that can change a child’s attitudes about eating and exercise.

Dr. Williams specializes in pediatrics and internal medicine at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. He works with the Pediatric Weight Loss Program, which is a multidisciplinary weight management program designed by health professionals to meet the specific needs of overweight adolescents and teens.

Jennifer Savage Williams represents the Center for Childhood Obesity Research. The center conducts research that contributes to the development of successful childhood obesity prevention programs.

Viewers and listeners are invited to join the conversation with questions or comments by calling (800) 543-8242 or e-mailing during the broadcast.
A monthly feature on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM, "To the Best of My Knowledge" features Penn State faculty, local experts and national guests in discussions on a variety of topics. In its 10th year of production, the program reaches viewers, Web users and listeners and allows the audience to communicate directly with Penn State's president.

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