Show: Healthy Children - The Talk Show for Parents

Richard Simmons
Childhood Obesity In America
Topic Info
September is Childhood Obesity Month, a month designed to focus our attention on the health and weight issues of today’s youth. More than 23 million children are overweight in the US, that’s 1 in every 3 children. This epidemic puts nearly one third of America’s children at early risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood.

America's most revered fitness expert, the one and only, Richard Simmons join melanie Cole M.S. to discuss this epidemic of obesity and give valuable advice for parents on how to take control of their childs health and help get them to a healthier weight and healthier lives.
Guest Info
Thirty years and 3,000,000 pounds later, Richard Simmons is still going strong. Using his unique wit, passion and enthusiasm, Simmons, the nation’s most revered fitness expert, continues his crusade to reach out to the masses, encouraging them to take control of their fitness destiny. Delivering a serious message with his trademark humor, Simmons has helped millions of overweight men and women lose more than 3,000,000 pounds by adopting sensible balanced eating programs and exercise regimes that are energetic, fun and motivating.

In 1974, after consulting with doctors and nutritionists to ensure the safety of a program tailored to the needs of everyone, from the overweight and obese, physically challenged to the seniors, a determined Simmons established an innovative place where the overweight of the world were welcomed with open arms. This program was met with instant success and continues today at SLIMMONS in Beverly Hills, where Richard still teaches. While many of his legions of fans are overweight, he also resonates with everyman, anyone who has a few pounds to lose and wants to be fit. Knowing that exercise and weight loss regimes must go hand-in hand, Simmons has created a series of products that integrate the two components of a sensible weight loss program. His newest exercise DVDs, released in January 2010, are “Sweatin to the Oldies 5” and “Tonin’ to the Oldies.” All of Richard’s programs offer well-known and wildly popular songs personally selected by him for the ultimate workout experience. Still fighting the fitness battle with humor and enthusiasm, Simmons vows to never give up and promises that he will continue his crusade until it’s time for him to teach classes at the Pearly Gates.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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