Healthy You: A Community Forum on Child Obesity and Child Health on WXXI-TV/HD

Healthy You: A Community Forum on Child Obesity and Child Health on WXXI-TV/HD

Sun, 11/21/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

WXXI addresses childhood obesity in this hour-long televised forum lead by a panel of experts.

WXXI helped to galvanize the community around the eradication of lead poisoning. Now, Rochester's public broadcasting station is joining forces with community leaders and the best medical minds to raise awareness about childhood obesity. As part of its Healthy You initiative, WXXI hosted a televised special to address the issue of child obesity and help people lead healthier lives. Healthy You: A Community Forum on Child Obesity and Child Health aired Sunday, November 21 at 2 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT 2.1/cable 1011 and 11). The forum invites members of the community to discuss the latest epidemic that threatens our children. Viewers will learn what is happening in the community to help kids stay active and healthy, and receive practical advice about how to make sure your family eats right.

hour-long televised forum was led by a panel of experts including: Dr. Stephen Cook, University of Rochester Medical Center, and representatives from The Rochester City School District and the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. There were also  nutritionists on hand to offer advice for good eating and to share stories. They were joined by a live studio audience.

Full Panel of Experts:

  • Bonney DeVinney, Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Greater Rochester Health Foundation.
  • Dr. Stephen Cook, Asst. Professor, Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Dr. Lisa Harris, Pediatric Internist, Rochester, NY
  • Wade Norwood, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency
  • Jennifer Carr, Parent
  • Gladys Burgos, Rochester City School District
  • Anne Kern, Monroe County Health Department
  • A TBA Member of the Broome County Health Department

Resources for this program:

Obesity Prevalence and Data

Food & Nutrition

WIC provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Foodlink is a regional food bank with distributes food to a 10-county area in Western and Central New York.

From the US Department of Agriculture, MyPyramid offers personalized eating plans and interactive tools to help you plan/ assess your food choices based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Physical Activity


  • The Healthikids coalition of Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, University of Rochester Medical Center and the Children's Agenda

This is the second of two televised forums that WXXI will host as part of its Healthy You initiative. WXXI's first forum on childhood obesity aired on WXXI-TV and partnering station WSKG-TV (Binghamton) in late February 2010, and is available to view online by clicking here.  The initiative is designed to help educate families across the region about the importance of eating healthy, maintaining a healthy body weight, and exercising. In addition to the televised forums, the project includes teacher workshops, TV segments to promote healthy behaviors to school-aged children, and a web site.

This televised forum, and the Healthy You initiative, is made possible by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. WXXI is your source for good health information.