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Kids Beating Obesity (KBO) was a weekly podcast series of over 40 half-hour episodes produced at WDCB FM Public Radio. The aim of KBO was to help lead the childhood obesity epidemic past its initial “awareness raising” phase and into a practical, boots on the ground, “let’s take action now,” phase. In other words, KBO applauds the awareness raisers and it recognizes that they’ve effectively set the stage for those who are now ready to get down in the trenches with real live kids and take action. KBO then is dedicated to those listeners who are asking the question, “What can I do with my kids today, this week, this month in order to help them fend off all the problems that go hand in hand with obesity?” In this light KBO is all about taking action.

Kids Beating Obesity podcasts -- click the episode number links below to listen to the shows.
Co-hosted by
Dr. Robert Weil and
Rick Osbourne, Educator and author of "Operation Pull Your Own Weight."

Guests include:

Betsy Landers, National PTA President

David Dungan M.D., physician with DuPage Medical Group

Saran Dunmore, Fitness Club Coach for NBC5 Chicago

Sally Sampson, ChopChop Magazine

Bill Casey, Department Chair for Physical Education, Neuqua Valley High School

Robert Breuder, President College of DuPage

Bob Herskovitz, Deputy Regional Health Director of Region 5, US Department of Health and Human Services

Jay Wojcik, Founder/President of Healthy Lombard

Dr. James Galloway, Assistant Surgeon General of the United States covering Region Five

September 20, 2011 - The Sports Doctor: Podcast highlights program fighting obesity

Episode 43 -- Jason Florin Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012

Our Kids Beating Obesity focus this week was on the issue of empathy and the role that it plays in the childhood obesity epidemic. Our guest was Jason Florin, a full time faculty member of the Human Services Department, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL. Jason earned his Masters in Health Science/Addictions Studies from Governors State University in 2005. He holds CAADC, MAC, MISA, and SAP – all addiction related certifications. He also has interests in motivational interviewing, counselor training and supervision, and empathy as a therapeutic tool. This was a fascinating interview and anyone who’s interested in childhood obesity will find it insightful and informative.

Episode 42 -- Ingrid Marcum Posted: Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Our Kids Beating Obesity focus this week was on the concept of functional beauty as it pertains to and influences childhood obesity. Our special guest was a world class athlete named Ingrid Marcum who’s currently in the running for the brakeman’s position on the US Olympic Women’s Bobsledding Team. Prior to bobsledding Ingrid was a US Olympic Weightlifting National Champion (2009) and an Academic All American Gymnast at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. A first class “thinker” in her own right, Ingrid is the walking essence of functional beauty. If you’d like to learn more about a form of beauty that can’t be purchased at the cosmetic counter, this interview is a slam dunk winner.

Episode 41 -- Corbin Billings Posted: Thu, 12 Jul 2012

Our Kids Beating Obesity focus this week was on motivation, inspiration, and those factors that transform individuals from being passive products of their environment to active creators of their own destiny – especially when it comes to the issue of obesity. Our guest was a young, LA based film maker named Corbin Billings, a storyteller, a director, a public speaker, and a social activist. As a USC film school grad and former "fat kid," Corbin's heart is closely tied to his latest production, Bite Size, a feature documentary that explores the childhood obesity epidemic from a kid's point of view. Bite Size is expected to release in Spring of 2013.

Episode 40 --
Dr. John J. Ratey
Posted: Mon, 25 Jun 2012

Our Kids Beating Obesity focus this week was on the relationship between physical movement, learning readiness, and academic performance. Our Guest was Dr. John J. Ratey, MD., who’s a celebrated pioneer in this field and the author of the award winning book entitled Spark. Dr. Ratey is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Since 1998 Dr. Ratey has been selected each year as one of the best doctors in America by his peers. This KBO interview compliments the one previously done with Paul Zientarski of Naperville School District 203, and anyone interested in this cutting edge topic will enjoy this insightful interview with Dr. Ratey.

Episode 39 --
Dr. David Haslam
Posted: Mon, 18 Jun 2012

Our Kids Beating Obesity focus this week was on the international scope of childhood obesity and how it’s being handled outside the USA. Our special guest was Dr. David Haslam who’s a GP with a special interest in obesity and cardiometabolic disease, a Physician in Obesity Medicine at the Centre for Obesity Research at Luton & Dunstable Hospital. He’s also Chair of the National Obesity Forum (NOF) in the UK, Visiting Professor, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, and Visiting Professor Chester University. Dr. Haslam was responsible for formulating the guidelines for adult obesity management in primary care and produced the first Primary Care guidelines for management of childhood obesity with the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health. Check out this very informative interview coming straight from London.

Episode 38 --
Lynn Dugan
Posted: Mon, 04 Jun 2012

Our Kids Beating Obesity focus this week is on how to create healthy meals in the midst of a tight, 21st century schedule. Our guest is Lynn Dugan, a registered dietician, an exercise physiologist, the mom of four kids (the oldest is in high school), and an entrepreneur who’s created www.MyPlate2Yours.com a user friendly website that’s catching the eye of busy parents from coast to coast. If you’re a busy parent who wants your kids to eat right and be healthy, Lynn’s interview is tailor made for you. And while you’re at it, check out www.MyPlate2Yours.com where you’ll discover lots of useful info on the same topic from a fellow parent who’s wrestled with the same alligators.

Episode 37 --
Dr. Bob Weil
Posted: Fri, 11 May 2012

This week’s Kids Beating Obesity show focuses on how excess body weight impacts kid’s feet, ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. Our guest is none other than KBO co-host Dr. Bob Weil, himself a long practicing and well respected podiatrist in the western suburbs of Chicago. Doc W originally hailed from New York City. He attended University of Louisville where he won both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. In the process became a lifelong Louisville Cardinal fan who annually lives for March Madness. Doc has also hosted The Sports Doctor Radio show for over 25 years, and is proud to be tackling childhood obesity as the co-host of Kids Beating Obesity. If you’ve ever wondered how excess body weight impacts your feet, etc. check out this interview.

Episode 36 --
Dr. Annette Hoffman
Posted: Wed, 02 May 2012

Our Kids Beating Obesity focus this week is on the TurnerSociety, a grass-roots oriented, physical revitalization movement that began almost 200 years ago in Germany and its relevance in the modern world. Our guest is Dr. Annette R. Hoffman who is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on this topic. Dr. Hoffman (Ph.D) currently serves as Professor for Sports Studies at the Ludwigsburg University of Education in Germany. She’s President of the International Society for the History of Sport and Physical Education (ISHPES) and Vice President of the German Gymnastic Federation (Deutsche Turner-Bund). Her main areas of research are integration and ethnicity in sports, American sports, sport and the diseased body, gender studies, and various aspects of skiing. Check out Dr. Hoffman’s insightful comments.

Episode 35 --
Paul Zakowski
Posted: Mon, 23 Apr 2012
Our Kids Beating Obesity focus this week is on the role that community colleges can play in preventing childhood obesity and related problems in their local communities. Our guest is Paul Zakowski, who for the past 6 years has served as Department Chair of Physical Education and Athletics at the College of DuPage. He also oversees the school’s Employee Wellness Committee. As the second largest college in the state (the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana is the largest) the College of DuPage has a unique opportunity to influence its surrounding communities in a variety of areas, including the area of childhood obesity prevention. So this week we explore the ways in which COD plays these cards with Paul Zakowski.
Episode 34 --
Michael Benso
Posted: Tue, 10 Apr 2012

This week’s Kids Beating Obesity focus is on integrating childhood obesity prevention into the community. Our guest is Michael Benso who is co-owner of Eco Gym of Naperville. Eco Gym was founded by Michael Benso and Christopher Gellings, co-founders and owners of Madison-based Fitness Management Group (FMG). Since its founding in 2009, FMG has grown from operating in only two health clubs with less than 4 personal trainers to the largest in-house personal training company in the country. Together, Benso and Gellings have more than 20 years of experience in club management, ownership and operation. Eco Gym is their newest venture in to the health and fitness industry, and is expected to create 100 local jobs.

Episode 33 --
Dr. Wayne Wescott
Posted: Wed, 04 Apr 2012

Our Kids Beating Obesity focus this week is on the critical role of resistance training in childhood obesity prevention. Our guest is one of the nation’s foremost experts on that topic Dr. Wayne L. Westcott, who directed fitness research programs at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, MA for more than 25 years. In 2006, he developed an Exercise Science Major at Quincy College, where he now teaches and conducts strength training research studies. Wayne has been a strength training consultant for numerous organizations, including the United States Navy, the American Council on Exercise, the YMCA of the USA, and Nautilus. He has authored/co-authored 24 books/textbooks, and more than 50 peer-reviewed papers. This is one information packed interview that all KBO listeners must take time out to hear.

Episode 32 --
Steve Elbogen
Posted: Thu, 29 Mar 2012

Our Kids Beating Obesity focus this week is on “TIME” and how to systematically fit what needs to be done into a 24 hour window. Our guest is San Diego based personal trainer Steve Elbogen who among other things is a functional fitness fanatic, a self described “simplificator,” and the inventor/manufacturer of one of the most ingenious pieces of home fitness equipment on planet Earth – The Flow Bar. When he started his business 20 years ago Steve found that “lack of time” was the most prevalent excuse for the lack of fitness. Ever since he’s made it his business to squeeze more and more benefit into less and less time. The results are spelled out in his book The 2 Minute Workout, which is simple, applicable to all ages and genders, and bottom line is – it works. If you like PRACTICAL, don’t miss this excellent interview.

Episode 31 --
Robin Levey
Posted: Tue, 20 Mar 2012

Our Kids Beating Obesity focus this week is on the role of dairy products in childhood obesity prevention. Our guest is Robin Levy who serves as a Health and Wellness Program Manager for the Midwest Dairy Council, as well as a liaison to health professionals in the Chicago area, while conducting TV, print, and radio interviews in these markets. As a registered and licensed dietitian, Robin provides accurate, scientific and practical information on the benefits of dairy nutrition as well as promoting programs such as the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 with whom the Midwest Dairy Council has partnered locally with the Chicago Bears. Check out this lively and informative interview.

Episode 30 --
Mike Buchanan
Posted: Tue, 13 Mar 2012

The Kids Beating Obesity focus this week was on the issue of bullying and its relationship to childhood obesity. Our guest was Michael Buchanan, a nationally recognized (retired) teacher turned writer and movie producer. His latest book (co-authored with Diane Lang) The Fat Boy Chronicles, was released in 2010 and won the National Parenting Publication’s Gold Award, and Mom’s Choice Award of Excellence, and is used by schools around the nation in anti-bullying/childhood obesity efforts. Buchanan and his co-author Diane Lang are guest speakers at schools around the nation as well as state and national conferences where they discuss bullying and childhood obesity. If you’re interested in the issue of bullying in relationship to childhood obesity this one is a must hear interview. The Fat Boy Chronicles is available at Walmart, Redbox, and online outlets.

Episode 29 -- Highlights Part 1 Posted: Fri, 02 Mar 2012

Dr. Bob Weil is a well known, Chicago area podiatrist who’s hosted the Sports Doctor radio show on WDCB for almost two decades. Rick Osbourne is a former teacher, coach, author, and the originator of Operation Pull Your Own Weight, a functional solution to childhood obesity. Over the past year, in conjunction with WDCB FM Public Radio, (Glen Ellyn, IL) Weil and Osbourne have co-hosted the only weekly radio show in the nation that’s dedicated strictly to addressing childhood obesity preventionKids Beating Obesity. This episode highlights some of the ground that’s been covered by KBO to date. For a taste of Kids Beating Obesity check out these episodes.

Episode 28 --
Kirsten Holsten
Posted: Fri, 24 Feb 2012

Our Kids Beating Obesity focus this week is on former President Bill Clinton’s childhood obesity prevention initiative known as The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Our feature guest, Kirsten Holsten is a 15 year old high school sophomore at Carmel High School in Carmel, IN (a suburb of Indianapolis) who is also a youth board member of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Kirsten has played an active role in the Alliance for two years, is in the process of completing her third and final term on the board, and gives our KBO audience a “kids eye view” of the problem the US Surgeon General has labeled “America’s number one health threat.” If you’d like to hear how the kids view the problem, you’ll want to hear what Kirsten has to say.

Episode 27 --
Dr. Dwayne Proctor
Posted: Wed, 15 Feb 2012

Our Kids Beating Obesity focus this week was on RESEARCH that’s being done in the name of childhood obesity prevention. Our guest was Dwayne Proctor, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Proctor directs national programs and strategies towards the Foundation’s highest health priority — reversing the rising trend of childhood obesity in America. His professional background in public health includes designing, implementing and evaluating health communication projects and interventions for preventing youth interpersonal violence, the spread of HIV/AIDS in West Africa, and underage drinking in high-risk populations. Dr. Proctor’s extensive knowledge of current childhood obesity prevention research provides KBO listeners valuable insight.

Episode 26 --
Dr. Ed Thomas
Posted: Thu, 09 Feb 2012
Our Kids Beating Obesity focus this week is on the history of “Physical Culture” and its potential to inform the 21st century with regard to childhood obesity prevention. Our guest this week is Dr. Ed Thomas who is one of America’s foremost experts on the history of Physical Culture. Dr. Thomas completed his undergraduate work and his Masters at the University of Iowa, his Ph.D at Northern Illinois University, he currently serves as the Iowa Department of Education’s Health and Physical Education Consultant, and he’s also an Associate Professor of Health and Movement Science at Graceland University in Lamoni, IA. With our world scrambling to find solutions on all fronts, Dr. Thomas provides our listeners with valuable insight into to how such problems have been addressed from a physical perspective in previous times.
Episode 25 --
Gary Gray
Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2012

The Kids Beating Obesity focus this week was on functional performance and its unique relationship to childhood obesity prevention. Our guest this week is a Michigan based Physical Therapist named Gary Gray who in some circles is known as “The Father of Function.” Gray is the founder and current CEO of The Gray Institute which for over three decades has been a leader in the field of Applied Functional Science. As a special consultant to the Navy Seals, the NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA, and high profile athletes (such as Michael Jordan) Gray has dedicated his life to the study and understanding of functional performance. And with a special program entitled Free 2 Play his functional interests reach out to the childhood obesity epidemic. Check out KBO’s insightful interview with The Father of Function, Gary Gray.

Episode 24 --
Paul Zierntarski
Posted: Tue, 24 Jan 2012

This week’s Kids Beating Obesity interview focused on the cutting edge concept of Learning Readiness and its relationship to childhood obesity. Our special guest was Paul Zierntarski who currently serves as the Learning Readiness PE (LRPE) Coordinator for Naperville School District 203 in Naperville, Illinois where for the last 26 years he was the Department Chairman for PE, Health and Drivers Education at Naperville Central High School. Through LRPE, Naperville Central High School has seen dramatic, documented improvements in test scores, behavior, and childhood obesity. If you’re a serious educator this interview is absolutely a MUST LISTEN.

Episode 23 --
Dr. Cathy Subber
Posted: Fri, 06 Jan 2012

Our Kids Beating Obesity focus this week was on the influence of MOMS in childhood obesity prevention. Our guest was Dr. Cathy Subber who’s a mom with two boys, a practicing chiropractor, and the Executive Director of the Naperville Mom’s Network an online organization that’s successfully attracted over 1400 Naperville area moms. Dr. Subber graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1998, moved to Naperville, IL in 1999 where she opened Advanced Health of Naperville with the personal motto “Make Luck Happen!” In May of 2010, Advanced Health was named Small Business of the Year by the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Subber currently sits on the board of directors for the Naperville Jaycees, Young Professionals of Naperville, the Chamber, and she was recently elected to serve as the 2013 Chairman of the Board for the Chamber. In March of 2012, she will open Cafe N Play, a coffee shop/café (with a closed-in play area for kids) in order to connect local moms and families.

Episode 22 --
Dr. Keith Devlin
Posted: Tue, 27 Dec 2011

The KBO focus this week was on the crucial role of Body Mass Index (BMI) in childhood obesity prevention. Our special guest was Dr. Keith Devlin is a co-founder and Executive Director of Stanford University's H-STAR institute, a co-founder of the Stanford Media Xresearch network, and a Senior Researcher at CSLI. He is a World Economic Forum Fellow and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also works on the design of information/reasoning systems for intelligence analysis. He’s written 31 books and over 80 published research articles. He’s a recipient of the Pythagoras Prize, the Peano Prize, the Carl Sagan Award, and the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics Communications Award. In 2003, he was recognized by the California State Assembly for his "innovative work and longtime service in the field of mathematics and its relation to logic and linguistics." He’s also "The Math Guy" on National Public Radio. Dr. Devlin’s colorful insight into this crucial aspect of childhood obesity was user friendly and eloquently stated.

Episode 21 --
Brian McCaskey
Posted: Tue, 20 Dec 2011

The KBO focus this week was on the role of competition - especially self competition. Our guest was Brian McCaskey, Senior Director of Business Development, of the Chicago Bears Football Club, who began his career as the head student trainer while earning an athletic training and teaching degree from North Park College in 1982. Following 11 years as an assistant trainer, Brian was named Player Liaison/Operations Assistant in 1993. He’s also served as Director of Player and Staff Development, Bears Alumni Liaison, and he formed the Alumni Relations Department. Since 1999 Brian has served as Co-Director of the Bears Training Camp, is a member of the Bears Board of Directors, and is a strong childhood obesity prevention advocate.

Episode 20 --
Dr. Regina Schurman
Posted: Tue, 13 Dec 2011

The KBO focus this week was on the role of body composition in childhood obesity prevention. Our guest was Regina Schurman (MS, RCEP, CPA). Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s in Accounting and a Master’s in Clinical Exercise Physiology. She’s currently pursuing her doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change. Regina is currently the Administrative Program Director of the Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Benedictine University where she manages the Human Physiology lab in which a variety of physiological assessments are performed on people from the surrounding community. Her user friendly explanation of body composition provided important insight for listeners who are concerned with preventing childhood obesity.

Episode 19 --
Sergio Rojas
Posted: Fri, 09 Dec 2011

The KBO focus this week is the all important issue of MOTIVATION in childhood obesity prevention. Our guest was Sergio Rojas, former President’s Council on Physical Fitness Executive Director. With almost 15 years experience as a fitness-professional, Sergio is now one of the most in-demand fitness trainers in Chicago working with professional athletes, celebrities, and top executives, in addition to developing fitness and wellness programs for major corporations. Sergio is also the fitness expert for NBC5 News in Chicago, as well as a regular contributor for Men’s Fitness Magazine.

Episode 18 --
George Pradel
Posted: Mon, 21 Nov 2011

The Kids Beating Obesity focus this week is the role of government in childhood obesity prevention. And our guest is the Mayor of Naperville, IL - one of the most influential municipalities in the entire Midwest because of its renowned reverence for education. More specifically, Mayor George Pradel took the oath of office as Naperville’s 40th Mayor on May 1, 1995. He was re-elected in April 1999, and began his third, four-year term in May 2003 by virtue of an uncontested campaign. On, May 15, 2007, George Pradel made history as becoming the only Mayor of Naperville to be re-elected to his fourth term in office. His comments are practical and insightful for anyone interested in this timely topic. Check out Mayor Pradel’s colorful KBO interview.

Episode 17 --
Betsy Landers
Posted: Fri, 11 Nov 2011

The Kids Beating Obesity focus this week is the role of schools and parents in childhood obesity prevention. Our guest is Betsy Landers who currently serves as President of the National PTA. Ms. Landers was installed as the National PTA® President in June 2011. She previously served a two-year term as President-elect (2009-2011) and Secretary-Treasurer (2007-2009). Her role in National PTA also included chairing the National PTA Advisory Board, the National Council of States, the Strategic Plan Committee, the Resource Development Committee, and the Finance Committee. Ms. Landers has been actively involved in promoting the National PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles, childhood obesity prevention project which she discusses in detail during her KBO interview. Parents will especially enjoy this insightful discussion with Betsy Landers.

Episode 16 --
Dr. David Dungan, Saran Dunmore
Posted: Thu, 10 Nov 2011

The KBO focus this week was the role of private/public sector partnerships in fighting childhood obesity. David Dungan MD is a physician with DuPage Medical Group, a 325 physician multispecialty group in DuPage County, Illinois. He is board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics and has practiced in Lombard, Illinois since 1992. He has had a keen interest in children and adolescents with childhood obesity and overweight and was a champion of the DuPage Medical Group's nationally recognized clinical protocol for addressing this challenging problem.

Saran Dunmore is a Fitness Club Coach for NBC 5 Chicago and American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer, Saran is changing lives one dumbbell at a time! A strong believer that exercise enhances physical, mental and emotional well-being, Saran is committed to combating childhood obesity, which she does regularly on MTV’s highly-rated program, I Used to be Fat.

Episode 15 --
Sally Sampson
Posted: Fri, 21 Oct 2011

The KBO focus this week was the role of nutrition in fighting childhood obesity. Sally Sampson is ChopChop Magazine's Founder and President, as well as the James Beard Award-nominated author of 20 cookbooks. Chop Chop is a quarterly magazine for kids ages 5 to 12 and their families. Its mission is to educate kids to cook, be nutritionally literate, empower them to actively participate as health partners with their families, and help establish and support better eating habits for a lifetime of good nutrition. Sally gave KBO listeners excellent and practical advice, particularly for the nutritional side of the obesity prevention puzzle. Check out Sally's user friendly interview.

Episode 14 --
Bill Casey
Posted: Tue, 18 Oct 2011

The KBO focus this week was the role of physical education in fighting childhood obesity. Bill Casey has been teaching Physical Education for 20 years. He has taught all grade levels from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Currently, Bill is the Department Chair for Physical Education, Health and Driver Education at Neuqua Valley High School in Indian Prairie School District #204. His passion for providing quality instruction extends to advocating for other professionals through his involvement with the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) were he has taken an active role in the organization for the past 20 years as well. Currently, Bill has created a "free to use" online, fitness recording program called FitTrac that teachers and organizations can use to track student data longitudinally. This tool helps improve tracking of long term trends in kid fitness.

Episode 13 --
Dr. Robert Breuder
Posted: Wed, 12 Oct 2011

The KBO focus this week was the role of community colleges in fighting childhood obesity. Born in Queens, New York, COD President Robert Breuder grew up the only son of 1st generation German immigrants, a Brooklyn Dodger fan, and a stickball enthusiast who was anything but a couch potato. He earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University in 1972. He began his career as an instructor of Botany at Paul Smith’s College in New York and, at the age of 36, became the youngest community college president in the nation at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Penn. Dr. Breuder has 40 years of higher education experience—more than 30 of them as a college president— including 11 years as president of Wm. Rainey Harper College (Palatine, IL). He began his tenure as president of College of DuPage in January of 2009. Check out Dr. Breuder’s comments.

Episode 12 --
Bob Herskovitz
Posted: Mon, 03 Oct 2011

The KBO focus this week was the role of US Health and Human Services in fighting childhood obesity. Bob Herskovitz grew up in Chicago, traveled the world for over two decades in the Navy while working for the US Armed Forces Radio Network, was severely injured in the first Iraq war (Desert Storm) which led to brain surgery. In the wake of his Naval career, Herskovitz won his law degree from Western Sierra Law School, reactivated a love affair with long distance running, and currently serves as the Deputy Regional Health Director of Region 5, US Department of Health and Human Services which is headquartered in downtown Chicago. Herskovitz is also a proponent of functional childhood obesity prevention and he provided KBO listeners with an insightful and informative interview.

Episode 11 --
John Fiore
Posted: Mon, 26 Sep 2011

The KBO focus this week was the role of high school coaches in fighting childhood obesity. John Fiore has been a Physical Educator and s coach for over two decades. For the past 10 years he’s served as the Physical Education Department Co-Coordinator, the Wellness Department Instructional Coordinator, and Asst. Football Coach for Naperville School District # 203. As a former athlete himself and now a coach, Fiore has a high regard for practical, functional approaches to almost any challenge, including the challenge of childhood obesity prevention. Since schools, and Departments of Physical Education in particular are destined to play a major role in any progress that we as a nation make on defeating childhood obesity, KBO listeners will find John Fiore’s comments and observations both valuable and enlightening.

Episode 10 --
Dr. James Winterstein
Posted: Tue, 13 Sep 2011

The KBO focus this week was the role of PREVENTION in fighting childhood obesity. James Winterstein became a Radiological technologist while serving in the US Army (1961-1964). After his discharge he attended National College of Chiropractic and received his DC degree in 1968, cum laude. He completed his Radiology residency at National College of Chiropractic and became Board Certified in June 1970. After a decade and a half in private practice Dr. Winterstein was installed as President of the college in 1986 which became known as the National University of Health Sciences during his tenure. Dr. Winterstein is a firm supporter a functional approach to childhood obesity prevention, and still includes pull ups and wind sprints in his own weekly workout routine. He provided KBO listeners with invaluable and practical insight.

Episode 9 --
Dr. Mike Meissen
Posted: Thu, 08 Sep 2011

The KBO focus this week was the role of educational administrators in fighting childhood obesity. Superintendent Mike Meissen came to Glenbard District 87 in July 2006 with 24 years of experience as a high school principal, guidance counselor, middle school principal, teacher and coach. As superintendent of the third largest high school district in Illinois, Dr. Meissen has emphasized Professional Learning Communities, strategic planning, curriculum enhancement, financial planning, measurement of student achievement and strategic priorities. A strong and active proponent of childhood obesity prevention, Dr. Meissen’s KBO interview not only speaks to professional educators, but to parents, students, and the community at large.

Episode 8 --
Henry Reams
Posted: Mon, 29 Aug 2011

The KBO focus this week was the origin and development of functional childhood obesity prevention. Henry Reams is a retired educational administrator who currently resides in Austin, TX. But Reams was the Principal of Jefferson Elementary School in Davenport, IA during the four years (back in the 90's) when Operation Pull Your Own Weight was originally conceived and developed. He was instrumental in a variety of ways, and a consistent supporter of this simple, functional orientation to childhood obesity prevention. Educational administrators in our audience will learn a lot from what Principal Reams had to say in this insightful and informative KBO interview.

Episode 7 --
Tony Burke,
Nicki Klinkhamer
Posted: Tue, 23 Aug 2011

The KBO focus this week was the role of REHABILITATION in fighting childhood obesity. Tony Burke is Founder and President of ProActive Kids in Wheaton, IL, a physician-referred program that works directly with kids age 8 through 14 who are struggling with unhealthy weight. Nicki Klinkhamer serves as the foundation’s Executive Director. ProActive Kids addresses the physical, emotional, and nutritional aspects of obesity in eight week sessions, held 3 times per year at Wheaton Park District and is planning to expand to more sites in DuPage County in the near future. If you know kids who are currently suffering from this mother of all epidemics, you’ll find this KOB interview to be both informative and insightful.

Episode 6 -- Jay Wojcik Posted: Mon, 15 Aug 2011

The KBO focus this week was the role of community organizing in fighting childhood obesity. Jay Wojcik is the essence of activism in Lombard, IL. Wojcik is currently the President of the Lombard Kiwanis Club, Founder and President of a village wide initiative known as Healthy Lombard which focuses a large part of its attention on the issue of childhood obesity prevention, and the Communications Director for Elementary School District 44 in Lombard. A dancer in her youth, Wojcik as a special interest in kids, physical fitness, and she knows how to bring the community together around the table. For those who are interested in organizing, this is the KBO show for you.

Episode 5 --
George Sky
Posted: Mon, 15 Aug 2011

The KBO focus this week was the role of small business in fighting childhood obesity. George Sky is a lifelong martial arts enthusiast/practitioner, and the owner of Sky Centers Martial Arts which is located in downtown Lombard, IL. Sky walks his own walk and is very successful at inspiring his students to do the same. Martial arts done according to the Sky method is not offensive but strictly defensive. But more importantly, when done right it starts with the body and it naturally expands into the mind and spirit producing kids with better grades, who are respectful to each other and adults, and who are confident and motivated over their own ability. You’ll enjoy this KBO interview.

Episode 4 --
Dr. Tommy Boone
Posted: Mon, 15 Aug 2011

The KBO focus this week was the role of EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY in fighting childhood obesity. Dr. Tommy Boone is the co-founder and past President of the American Association of Exercise Physiologists, the former Chair of Exercise Physiology at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, and a second team All American gymnast in his college years. As one of the most respected Exercise Physiologist in the nation Dr. Boone weighed in on the issue of body composition which is at the core of all obesity problems at any age. So if you’re interested in learning about the relationship between body fat, muscle mass, and your metabolism Boone offers great KBO insight.

Episode 3 --
Jack Stonebraker
Posted: Mon, 15 Aug 2011

The KBO focus this week was the role of private sector support in fighting childhood obesity. Jack Stonebraker is the Regional Community Relations Director for Best Buy and covers the northeastern quarter of the US. Jason Gibbs is an employee at Best Buy who for the past year and a half has overseen the Pull Your Own Weight program at Tri-Town Y in Lombard. Stonebraker is heavily engaged in a variety of childhood obesity prevention initiatives around the nation and together with Gibbs they presented our listeners with a plethora of valuable information with regard to practical ways to get a systematic handle on the epidemic. This turned out to be one lively KBO interview.

Episode 2 --
Barb Williams
Posted: Mon, 15 Aug 2011

The KBO focus this week was the role of elementary schools in fighting childhood obesity. Barb Williams is a Physical Educator at Longfellow School in Wheaton, IL (District 200 in DuPage County) who's been in the teaching profession for the better part of 20 years. Genuine enthusiasm and knowledge of her subject has earned her a loyal following in District 200 among parents, students, and administrators. In this edition of Kids Beating Obesity Barb brought two students to be part of the interview and we all discussed how Longfellow almost doubled its Presidential Fitness Awards this past year. This was an excellent show with lots of good, practical, hands-on advice for listeners.

Episode 1 --
Dr. James Galloway
Posted: Mon, 15 Aug 2011

The KBO focus this week was the role of the US Surgeon General in fighting childhood obesity. Our guest on the premier edition of Kids Beating Obesity was Dr. James M. Galloway who currently serves as Assistant Surgeon General of the United States covering Region Five. He's headquartered in downtown Chicago and covers six states. With extensive experience in the medical profession over the past two decades, Dr. Galloway is an author and a charismatic public speaker who works directly with some of the most influential people in the world including First Lady Michelle Obama and her Let's Move initiative. We were most flattered to have Dr. Galloway as our first guest.

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