Childhood Obesity Prevention  

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Promoting Healthy Weight in Children: A Parent Education Series

As part of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, Stanford University has designed a FREE 3-step program that gives parents/guardians the tools to create a healthy eating environment for their children.

Step 1: Evaluation and Orientation (30 minutes)
Step 2: 5 Parent Education Classes with certified therapist (1/week for 5 weeks)*
Step 3: After Assessment (15 minutes)

*Our parent education classes small and interactive -- an opportunity to learn more about child feeding and to work through any feeding issues in your family with the help of your therapist and classmates. Classes are held once a week for five weeks. Each session is approximately 1 hour long.

*All participants are monetarily rewarded for their time and commitment.

How to join

Because our parent education series is part of a larger study, certain eligibility criteria apply.

1. Parent and/or spouse must be overweight (determined by evaluation).
2. Parent must have a child between the ages of 2 and 4.
3. Parent(s) must be English speaking to participate in group sessions.
4. Parent(s) must commit to the entire program - Steps 1-3 above.

For more information, contact:

Jessica Yu, Program Coordinator
Phone: 650-723-2242

Our Team

W. Stewart Agras, MD, Director
Dr. Stewart Agras received his MD from London University UK in 1955. Now Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University, Dr. Agras established one of the first behavioral medicine programs in the country at Stanford. He began researching eating disorders in the late 19702 and continues to run multi-site studies of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Additionally, his research has evolved to focus on the
childhood obesity epidemic, particularly how to prevent it.

Anthony Mascola, MD, Contributor
Dr. Anthony Mascola received his MD from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in 2000 and went on to complete his residency and fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center. His research has focused on weight management for obesity individuals, risk factors for childhood overweight and obesity, and overweight/obesity prevention strategies.

Elizabeth (Liz) Lo Tempio, Therapist
Liz Lo Tempio is a graduate student at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. Her research interests include the prevention of eating problems in children and therapeutic alliance in eating disorders. Her clinical interests include group therapy, eating disorders, and mood disorders.

Jamie Ratner, Therapist
Jamie Ratner is a doctoral student at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. After receiving her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Child Development at Tufts University, she worked in a variety of pediatric health care and mental health care settings, including residential schools, treatment centers, and children's hospitals. Her clinical interests are issues relating to pediatric healthy psychology and family health issues.

Amanda (Mandy) Vaught, Therapist
Mandy Vaught is a graduate student at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium who has worked in the Eating Disorders Clinic at Stanford University for the past six years. Prior to moving to California, this Philadelphia native counseled troubled adolescents at the Deveroux Foundation and women with eating disorders at the Renfrew Center. She currently works part-time in community mental health, doing both individual and group therapy.

Jessica Yu, Program Coordinator
Jessica Yu graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a degree in Human Biology focusing on Adolescent Health and Development. In her role as Program Coordinator, Jessica maintains contact with various individuals, groups, and community centers throughout the Bay Area to spread the word about this project. She is also the primary contact for all parents involved in the project, so please feel free to ask her any and all questions!

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