Parent~Researcher~Children's Wellness Advisor
These 3 roles helped me to develop Worthy! A transformative program for parents who are worried about their child who is gaining too much weight too fast. Worthy is a 5 week program that will help your child feel loved, hopeful, and safe at their "healthiest weight."
As former Director of the NYS Center for Best Practices to Prevent Childhood Obesity I learned how to best help parents talk with doctors, teachers, relatives, friends, and neighbors when their child is gaining too much weight too fast. As former Director of Research, Evaluation, and Learnings for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s children’s school wellness programs, and evaluator of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move program, I learned that the obesity epidemic is complex, daunting, and that simple solutions don't work.
Visit my blog on Psychology Today, Children at the Table to learn more about my work in children's health.
Over the years I have listened to many parents share their deepest feelings about their own weight and their children’s weight. Feelings about weight gain and weight loss are deeply embedded in our personal histories. These feelings can bring on bouts of depression, shame, and hopelessness. For many of us, we have lost our ability, our personal armor, to protect our sense of self from feeling less than, from feeling unworthy.
During my research, many brave parents have shared their own stories of feeling unworthy because of their size and shape. Many times a parent would stop and look away—still feeling shame, embarrassment, unworthiness.
There is one interview I will never forget. A parent shared a name they were called by their sibling and how much it still hurts. Her story broke my heart. I am a co-crier by nature, so I teared up right along with her as we recognized as adults how awful it was to be called that terrible name as a child. We can do better for our children. We can help them feel proud of their shape and size and of their many talents that make them special.
When you sign up for Worthy you will be part of a pioneering group of parents who will change the way we care for children who are gaining too much weight too fast.
Worthy will show you how to use the power of kindness to help your child feel worthy, loved, supported, and hopeful!