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New York Hospital Queens Pediatricians Rally for “Fit Kids”

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Contact Scott Sieber, 718-670-1579


Queens doctors join City Council Member Tony Avella and fitness celebrity Richard Simmons 
to call for increased health standards for kids

City Hall, June 19, 2009 - A team of pediatricians from New York Hospital Queens joined fitness guru Richard Simmons and City Council Member Tony Avella on the steps of City Hall today in support of a City Council resolution calling on the United States Congress to improve standards for physical education through the FIT Kids Act. The federal legislation is designed to improve standards for physical education of children and adolescents.

Three years ago to address the growing problem of childhood obesity, New York Hospital Queens established a “Fit Kids” program through the department of pediatrics. The program teaches children, adolescents and their parents the benefits of healthy living through proper diet and exercise.

Pictured, Joseph Abularrage, (center), M.D., F.A.A.P., chairman, department of pediatrics, New York Hospital Queens, with fitness celebrity Richard Simmons, (right), City Council Member Tony Avella (left), and health advocates, speaks out on the need to fight childhood obesity.

Pictured from left to right, Anthony Porto, M.D., director of New York Hospital Queens “Fit Kids” program, fitness celebrity Richard Simmons, Joseph Abularrage, M.D., F.A.A.P., chairman, department of pediatrics, Peri Millman, director, pediatric gastroenterology say “so long” to childhood obesity.

For more information, or to seek a “Fit Kids” consultation at New York Hospital Queens, call 718-670-1800.

New York Hospital Queens is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

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