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Melinda S. Sothern, PhD, currently serves as a Professor with tenure and is the recipient of the Jim Finks Endowed Chair in Health Promotion in the School of Public Health at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center, in New Orleans, LA and the Prevention of Childhood Obesity Laboratory at the LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.
Dr. Sothern’s research is widely published in a multitude of peer-reviewed scientific journals and in two scientific textbooks, The Handbook of Pediatric Obesity: Clinical Management (Taylor and Francis, 2006) and The Handbook of Pediatric Obesity: Etiology, Pathophysiology and Prevention (Taylor and Francis, 2005).
She also senior-authored a popular press book for parents to use in conjunction with their pediatrician or family physician entitled Trim Kids. The Trim Kids program is recognized by the National Cancer Institute as a Research Tested Intervention Program and is acknowledged by the U. S. Surgeon General for its community dissemination in YMCA centers in Louisiana.
Dr. Sothern was the 2009 recipient of the Obesity Society’s Oded Bar Or Award for Excellence in Pediatric Obesity Research and in 2008 received the Cecil J. Picard Award for Excellence in Education to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Louisiana. She was selected as one of the Top Ten Female Achievers in New Orleans by New Orleans magazine. Dr. Sothern is currently serving as Principal Investigator on two National Institute of Health (NIH)-sponsored studies entitled, Exploring Mechanisms of the Metabolic Syndrome in African American and Caucasian Youth and Obesity and Asthma: Determinants of Inflammation and Effects of Intervention.
She is considered a national spokesperson for overweight youth and has been featured extensively in national and international television, radio and print media including: Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN International, Fox News TV, 48 Hours, Nickelodeon TV, The Oprah Show, Discovery Channel, Yorkshire TV British Broadcasting Co., USA Today, Associated Press – World News, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal,National Geographic, Parents Magazine, Parenting, Better Homes and Garden, Prevention Magazine and many others.
About the Book:
The Proven 12-Week Plan that has Helped
Thousands of Kids Achieve a Healthier Weight
This comprehensive workbook will help parents guide their children to a healthier lifestyle. Southern along with her co-authors, von Almen and Schumacher, advocate a three part program, focusing on nutrition, exercise and behavior modification techniques. This twelve step program spans twelve chapters and has four levels of intensity based on the severity of a child’s particular situation. The authors include healthy, kid-friendly recipes and activity suggestions such as playing tag or putting a stationary bike in front of the television. The book’s interactive workbook format allows parents and kids to track their progress.
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