Seminar Offers Kids And Teens Skills For Weight Management

LIVINGSTON — Obesity continues to be a problem among American children and teens. Youth that are overweight or obese have a greater risk for developing many health problems such as diabetes and hypertension.

In response, The Pediatric Specialty Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center is offering a Healthy Life Super Seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 20, for kids and teens who tend to put on weight more easily than others. This fun and educational one-time seminar will teach many basics of healthy weight management, including nutrition information, behavioral skills, and the importance of enjoyable exercise.


The Super Seminar covers the following skills and topics:

  • Reducing calories without deprivation and understanding “storage” of excess.
  • Healthy Everyday Foods vs. Not-So-Healthy Sometimes foods.
  • Asking “Is it worth it”? Maximizing nutrition and enjoyment for your calories.
  • Size matters! Tips and tricks for controlling portions.
  • Have your cake and taste it too! (Slow, savoring, and mindful eating).
  • What you see is what you want! (or, out of sight, out of mind).
  • Asking “Am I Really Hungry?” … what to do with urges to eat if you’re not.
  • Activity: Exercise, “Exerplay” and finding time to move.

The seminar is led by Debra Gill, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and certified fitness instructor with over 15 years experience facilitating weight management and healthy lifestyle change. She counsels families, groups, and individuals on a daily basis, and is routinely invited to give talks to parent organizations, community groups and to other health professionals throughout NJ. Magazines such as Family Circle and Parenting have featured her work, and she has shared her expertise on air through cable TV.

The seminar will be held from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. and Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Ave, Livingston. The cost is $100 per family. To learn more or register, contact Dr. Gill, Ph.D. at 1-973-322-7620 or

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