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Creighton Shows Childhood Obesity Program to USDA Officials

Creighton Shows Childhood Obesity Program to USDA Officials

Nancy Montanez Johner, under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); and Brian Wansink, Ph.D., executive director for USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion; had the opportunity on Jan. 7 to see first hand what Creighton University School of Medicine and Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) are doing to fight childhood obesity in Nebraska.

Cristina Fernandez, M.D., assistant professor and associate program director with Creighton’s Department of Pediatrics; Steven Darrow, M.D., CUMC chief resident for internal medicine-pediatrics; Deb Raven, R.N., Creighton Pediatric Weight Management Program; and Holly Dingman, R.D., Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services; gave a special presentation for Johner and Wansink on “A New Clinical Approach to Foster Healthy Weight in Youth.”

(Left to right: Holly Dingman, Stephen Darrow, Nancy Montanez Johner, Cristina Fernandez, and Brian Wansink)

The workshop, offered through Creighton’s Continuing Medical Education Division, is designed for health care providers who work with children. It was presented for the first time last fall at four locations across the state of Nebraska.


“Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in this country,” Fernandez said. “The workshop gives health providers the tools they need to determine whether their pediatric patients are at risk and, if so, what can be done to eliminate or reduce the risk.”

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