Program Aims for Fruitful Results in Battle Against Children’s Obesity

According to the World Health Organization:

Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.

65% of the world’s population lives in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.

While these statistics hit hard, another WHO key fact includes “obesity is preventable.” So too is the case with children’s obesity, subject of Bastyr University’s Active Pediatric and Parental Lifestyle Education (APPLE) Core’s prevention program.

APPLE Core’s approach includes tackling the growing epidemic from multiple angles and educating not only children themselves, but their parents, too. Participation in the first-of-its-kind free workshop includes:

  • Gourmet Whole Food Lunch
  • QFC gift certificate
  • Free Apple Core T-shirt

For a day (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore) of:

  • Whole-food nutrition education
  • Integrative physical activity
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Health education to promote healthy lifestyle choices
  • Family culinary training to prepare healthy, balanced meals

“Our hope is that the lessons learned from this one day will be remembered every day, and that family members support each other in making healthier lifestyle choices,” Tiffany Reiss, PhD, APPLE Core director and director of the Exercise Science and Wellness program at Bastyr University said.

To be eligible, children should be between the ages of 8 and 12, have a Body Mass Index-for-age (BMI) above the 85th percentile and parents must complete a registration and health questionnaire form.

If interested in participating, email Jeanne Garthwaite at with the subject title “APPLE Core.” Include your names, address, telephone number, email address and total number of family members who wish to attend. Or call (425) 602-3260 for more information.

-Shelby Taylor, Editorial Intern

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