FORUM FOCUS: Masek speaks during one of the panel sessions.
Photo courtesy of lightchaser Photography
Obesity is one of today’s most pressing public health issues: statewide measurements in Massachusetts schools indicate that more than 30 percent of school children are overweight or obese. On Nov. 15, MGH clinicians gathered with health care colleagues, government officials, educators and young people at the State House for an educational forum to address the epidemic of childhood obesity. The event was presented by Partners HealthCare in collaboration with Words Can Work, a group that uses multimedia to raise awareness about the health challenges children face, and was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
The day featured the premiere of a film, “Words Can Work: Kids and Healthy Lifestyles.” Following the screening, clinical and policy experts answered questions from an audience of more than 300. MGH panelists were Melissa Dimond, ScM, of the Chelsea HealthCare Center; Bruce Masek, PhD, clinical director of the Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service; and Jennifer Rosenblum, MD, director of the Weight Management Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
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