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  • Is Pokemon GO a healthy game? UCLA Health, June 20, 2016. Dr. Danyale McCurdy explores the pros (increased physical activity and social connections) and cons (increased screen time) of the popular smartphone game.

  • Here's What Body Dysmorphia Actually Is, Buzzfeed, May 12, 2016. Dr. Danyale McCurdy was interviewed about body dysmorphia, a psychiatric disorder related to obsessive-compulsive disorder.

  • Does your child have enough time to eat well at school? Today, September 15, 2015. Dr. Cambria Garell was quoted regarding the importance of lunch periods that are long enough for kids to eat the school lunch, since it may be one of the healthier meals kids eat all day.

  • 7 tips for getting kids to eat less salt, Southern California Public Radio, February 6, 2015. Miranda Westfall was quoted regarding tips to use less salt in home-cooked meals.

  • Sliced: Nutritionists urge pizza restraint, some parents push back, Today, January 18, 2015. Miranda Westfall quoted urging parents to limit the frequency of consumption and serving sizes of pizza served to kids, after a study published in the journal Pediatrics found that pizza is the second highest source of calories for children.

  • The Journal of Pediatrics reports decline in obesity among boys and girls in Southern California between 2008-2013. See article here.
  • Lessons learned from implementating a multidisciplinary pediatric obesity clinic via telemedicine, Clinical Pediatrics, 2015. Telemedicine has been shown to be effective for rural populations, but little is reported on pediatric obesity care via telemedicine in urban settings. This study aimed to assess feasibility and acceptability of a telemedicine clinic in urban Los Angeles. Patient and provider satisfaction questionnaires found that 93% of patients and 88% of providers were satisfied with the telemedicine appointment. Chart reviews indicated a trend for decreased or stabilized Body Mass Index and blood pressure.  

  • Pilot program study finds that pediatric obesity patients like telehealth services, UCLA Newsroom, December 11, 2013. Through telehealth technology, the UCLA Fit for Healthy Weight team provided "face-to-face" visits over a secure computer system to patients at a local community clinic. The pilot study found that the majority of pediatric patients - approximately 80 percent - were satisfied with their telehealth appointment, saying it was just as good as talking to the doctor in person.  

  • After-school exercise and nutrition programs can help reduce childhood obesity, UCLA Newsroom, June 17, 2013. A study by Dr. Wendy Slusser and colleagues found that after-school health promotion programs that provide opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating can improve overweight and obesity among low-income children.

  • UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative launched, January 24, 2013. Dr. Wendy Slusser is heading the Nutrition & Diet working group of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, a campus-wide effort to promote healthy lifestyle choices.


    Wendy Slusser exercises with a hula hoop at the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative Launch Event, January 28, 2013.

      On January 27, 2013, volunteer gardeners completed the first Medicinal Herb Garden bed at Ronald Reagan Hospital, part of the Healthy Campus Initiative.

  • Childhood obesity linked to more immediate health problems than previously thought, UCLA Newsroom, also cited in KPCC-89.3 public radio and Health India, January 14, 2013. Dr. Wendy Slusser co-authored a study, led Dr. Neal Halfon and Kandyce Larson, which found that obese children are at nearly twice the risk of having three or more comorbid conditions compared to children with healthy weight.

  • Parent training intervention curbs pediatric obesity rates, Childhood Obesity journal, February 2012. Study by Dr. Wendy Slusser and colleagues found that training the parents of preschool-age children about parent skills, nutrition and exercise was effective at preventing obesity.

  • Make it a double tot! Brooklyn Buzz over Kid Coffees, NY Post, February 17, 2012. Dr. Wendy Slusser was quoted regarding the risks of children consuming coffee.                     
  • LA School Lunches, CBS News, January 2012. Dr. Wendy Slusser was featured in CBS News story about LAUSD school lunches. 

  • Obesity Prevention Policies for Young Children, Institute of Medicine, 2010/2011. Dr. Wendy Slusser was nominated and selected to be a member of this Institute of Medicine committee that is exploring the issue of overweight and obesity among infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children.

  • A Graduation that May Carry Unnecessary Risk, New York Times, June 13, 2011. Dr. Debra Lotstein was cited about her research on transition care for adolescents and young adults with chronic illnesses.

  • CDC California and Beyond Conference, REACHing for Healthy Equity, June 2, 2011. Dr. Wendy Slusser was a Keynote speaker.

  • Keynote Speaker at the Institute of Human Nutrition, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, May 19, 2011. Dr. Wendy Slusser was the graduation speaker at this year-end celebration and delivered an address entitled Let Your Passion be Your Vocation. (2011) 

  • Robert F Allen Symbol of HOPE (Helping Other People through Empowerment) Award, 2010. Dr. Wendy Slusser received this award, which is presented annually by the American Journal of Health Promotion to an individual who makes an outstanding contribution to serving the health promotion needs of underserved populations or to promoting cultural diversity within health promotion.

  • Focus on a Fitter Future, 2009. The Fit for Healthy Weight Program was awarded a place to participate in this child obesity-focused collaborative, sponsored by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI).

  • American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Research Grant, 2009. Dr. Daniel DeUgarte was awarded this grant for research on the "Impact of Metabolic/Bariatric Surgery on Diet-Induced Childhood Obesity: Implications for Long-Term Health and Offspring Metabolic Phenotype." 

  • Strategies To Reduce Pediatric Obesity. Contemporary Pediatrics, May 5, 2008. Dr. Wendy Slusser was quoted in this article about new approaches to addressing obesity, including the promotion of healthy lifestyle strategies used at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. 

  • Teenagers Crossing Border for Gastric Banding.  Telemundo, 2008. Dr. Daniel DeUgarte, Surgical Director of the UCLA Fit for Healthy Weight Program, was interviewed on a  May 13th Telemundo story about US teenagers seeking gastric band surgery in Tijuana, Mexico.  Telemundo. 

  • Beverlee Myers Award of Excellence, 2008. Dr. Wendy Slusser was awarded this award, which is presented annually by the Director and Chief Deputy of the California Department of Public Health and Department of Health Care Services to an individual who has exhibited outstanding leadership and accomplishments in public health in California.

  • School Salad Bar Boosts Kid's Fruit, Veggie Intake. ABC News, March 23, 2008. Dr. Wendy Slusser, assistant professor of pediatrics at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and the UCLA School of Public Health, commented about how school salad bars boost kids' fruit and veggie intake. (Original print HealthDay News, Dec. 21, 2007)

  • School Lunches Get Leafy in Los Angeles. NPR, February 14, 2008. National Public Radio reported on a new UCLA study finding that elementary schools can increase low-income students' fruit and vegetable consumption by offering a salad bar at lunch. Lead author Dr. Wendy Slusser, assistant professor of pediatrics at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was interviewed.

  • Kid Workouts Part of Family Fitness Trend. KABC 7 News, January 7, 2008. Dr. Wendy Slusser, assistant professor of pediatrics at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, commented in an article on the KABC-Channel 7 website about the benefits of exercise programs for kids.

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