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The New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children’s Hospital is dedicated to helping families, health care providers and community organizations fight to end childhood obesity.
Fueled by our culture, media and economics, children in the United States are eating fewer healthful foods, exercising less and weighing more. The result is an epidemic that puts happy, healthy futures at risk.
Our mission is to empower people to live healthy, active lives by:
As a result of obesity, more kids than ever are developing complicated medical conditions like type 2 diabetes, liver disease and atherosclerosis (fatty blockages in the arteries). In fact, obesity-related complications are so widespread in children now, that the current generation may have shorter, less healthy lives than their parents.
In addition, as a result of obesity:
Unfortunately, there is no quick fix or simple solution.
We know reversing the trend, especially among populations most at risk, will take time and the coordinated efforts of individuals, families, communities, businesses and the government.
But we believe it is possible. Boston Children’s Hospital and the New Balance Foundation are determined to make childhood—and the lifetime that follows—a healthy and happy one.
Boston Children’s Hospital and the New Balance Foundation have a common goal to combat childhood obesity. In January 2011, they united their efforts, allowing the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Clinic—founded by David Ludwig, MD, PhD, in 1996—to become more impactful than ever.
With a generous gift from the New Balance Foundation, Boston Children’s can now:
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”