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Overcoming Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence

Overcoming Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence
A Guide for School Leaders

June 2012 | 168 pages | Corwin
`Makes a distinct contribution to the field with the timeliness of the subject matter, the severity and demands of the issue addressed, and the need for more work resources addressing this subject' - Stephanie Slowik, School Counsellor, West Lake Elementary School, Boca Raton, FL

This clear, authoritative overview by an educator and a physician helps principals navigate their way through many contradictory recommendations confronting them The authors provide a targeted discussion of the 'do's,' 'don'ts,' and 'can'ts' that school leaders need to know when creating and implementing new school policies for wellness, nutrition, fitness, and health. Student surveys and annotated guides to the best research accompany core chapters on:

- Dealing with childhood obesity in schools and society

- Facilitating the principal's role as agent of change

- Understanding the barriers that interfere with change

- Developing school action plans for wellness, fitness, and stress reduction

Principals will find Overcoming Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence a timely resource for understanding and evaluating the challenges inherent in dealing with this growing health issue in schools and society.

About the Authors
1. Childhood Obesity, Schools, and Society
2. The Principal’s Role as an Agent of Change
3. The Barriers We Face
4. School Principal Action Plans
5. A Wellness Plan for You and Your School
A. Grades 3-5 Eating Survey

B. Grades 6-12 Eating Survey

C. Research Insights: Obesity in Children

D. Research Insights: Topics Related to Obesity in Children


"The book tackles a major health problem that is significant to our educational system. It provides considerable evidence to support childhood obesity as a problem of interest for our nation."

Dolores Huffman, Associate Professor of Nursing
Purdue University Calumet

"The book provides a good background history of how the shifts in education policy have changed over the past 80-something years and have developed a sedentary society. It demonstrates the challenges that principals face today."

James Gostomski, Physical Education Teacher
Verde Elementary School, Boca Raton, FL

"The book makes a distinct contribution to the field because of the timeliness of the subject matter, the severity and demands of the issue, and the need for more resources addressing this subject."

Stephanie Slowik, School Counselor
West Lake Elementary School, Apex, NC

"This concise and comprehensive text provides an outstanding game plan at the tactical and operational levels for motivated building principals."

The School Administrator, May 2007

"The authors present principals with a strategy guide for tackling the obesity epidemic within the school walls. A valuable first step for school administrators wondering how to begin improving the health of their students."

PsycCRITIQUES, August 2007, Vol. 52(33)

"Schumacher and Queen's book fits very nicely with the kind of curricular and programmatic resources available to school personnel regarding the treatment and prevention of overweight and obesity. The authors did a good job at making medical information accessible to someone who might lack expertise in that area."

Education Review: A Journal of Book Reviews, January 2008

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Donald Schumacher, M.D.

Donald Schumacher is cofounder and medical director of the Center for Nutrition & Preventive Medicine and author of What I Need to Succeed, the basis for weight management strategies used at the Center. A frequent speaker to medical groups, he has presented research data on obesity to an FDA panel, and his publications have appeared in national medical peer review journals. Schumacher developed a 16-part obesity series that aired on public television, his work was featured in an ABC 20/20 story, and he has appeared regularly on radio and television. His medical training was at the University of Bologna, University of Pennsylvania... More About Author

J. Allen Queen

J. Allen Queen is professor and former chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A former classroom teacher, principal, college administrator, and university professor, he works with teachers and principals in the areas of managing priorities, time management, and stress reduction. Queen has written over 30 books and 70 articles, including The Frazzled Teacher’s Wellness Plan (Corwin Press 2004), The Block Scheduling Handbook (Corwin Press 2002), and books on karate and fitness for young readers. He has appeared on radio and television programs, including ABC's World News Now, and... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412916660