42: Childhood and Family Obesity | Dr. Stephen Pont, M.D., and Michael Mantell, PhD | ACE Fit - 15 Minutes to Wellness

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Episode 42: Childhood and Family Obesity

Dr. Stephen Pont, M.D., and Michael Mantell, PhD

8/20/2014

In this episode of 15 Minutes to Wellness, Dr. Michael Mantell and Dr. Stephen Pont discuss the childhood obesity epidemic. They discuss healthy messaging, or the importance in using the appropriate word choices when helping children with weight loss; health literacy; and three key items that families struggling with obesity can do in order to get healthy.


About Dr. Stephen Pont

Dr. Stephen Pont is a general pediatrician and the medical director for the Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity, Dell Children's Medical Center's tertiary care pediatric weight management center. The Center seeks to empower families to lead healthy, happy lives through addressing four key pillars -- clinical, education, advocacy and research (CLEAR) -- over four levels of impact: individual/family, community/city, state and national. Dr. Pont also serves as the medical director for Austin Independent School District's Student Health Services, whose Dell Children's employed staff provides student health services for the district's nearly 90,000 students and 110 campuses. He is fluent in Spanish and regularly utilizes print, radio and TV media to spread health messages to English and Spanish speaking families in Austin and across Texas. Dr. Pont is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with UT-Southwestern, Austin Programs and received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin, an MD from UT-Southwestern, pediatric residency at Arkansas Children's Hospital, and completed an academic general pediatrics/Master of Public Health fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

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