Making Healthy Choices Fun Is Goal Of Workshop For Children And Families

NEW BRUNSWICK — Learn how crafting can lead to a healthier lifestyle at “Celebrate YOU!,” a workshop for children aged 18 and younger and their families, that will explore fun ways children can learn healthy lifestyle choices.

Hosted by the Healthy ME Pediatric Lifestyle Changes Program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, “Celebrate YOU!” will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, in the conference center, room 1302, of the Clinical Academic Building, 125 Paterson Street, New Brunswick. The cost to attend is $10 per family.

To reserve attendance for Celebrate YOU!, please mail a check or money order for $10 made out to UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School to: Healthy ME Events, Attn: Karen Leibowitz, MD, Child Health Institute of New Jersey, 89 French Street, Room 2207, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Indicate the number of adult family members attending, the number of children attending and the ages of the children. A registration form may be downloaded at:

“The Healthy ME program focuses on the process of living a healthy lifestyle through small but important changes to behavior,” said Karen Leibowitz, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. “The program’s goal is to help children and their caregivers to set goals, have realistic expectations about health and weight management, and learn how to overcome obstacles in an effort to live a healthier life.”

Featuring life and wellness coach Janice Taylor, “Celebrate YOU!” will focus on making healthy living fun. A self-help/weight loss artist, author of Our Lady of Weight Loss, creator of the Kick in the Tush Club, and a 50-pound weight loss winner, Taylor will share her story as well as her thoughts on the “unhealthy” situation in which many people find themselves.

Following her presentation, Taylor will work with the children on craft projects and how to creatively use pictures, words, or symbols clipped from magazines that represent things that we enjoy doing and owning, and places we’ve been or would like to go to. These elements will help attendees to create collages worthy of framing that Celebrate YOU! A blogger for the Huffington Post, Beliefnet and Vivid ME, Taylor has been featured in numerous publications including O, Oprah Magazine; Health; Family Circle; the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, has appeared on Good Morning America, Discovery Health and Fit TV, and was the official Life Coach, Shape magazine 2010, Weight Loss Diaries. Janice Taylor’s mission: make healthy living fun; to create balance and harmony in your life.

Healthy ME, an initiative of the Department of Pediatrics at the Child Health Institute of New Jersey (89 French St., New Brunswick) focuses on helping children live healthy lifestyles that lead to sustainable weight management. Physicians and dietitians in the Healthy ME program work collaboratively with children up to 18 years of age and their families, to provide plans for healthy eating and exercise.

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