I have worked to improve the health and wellbeing of children, adolescents, and families for more than 20 years. I currently direct the evaluation, research, and monitoring of the childhood obesity prevention efforts at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG). Before my tenure at AHG, I was the Director of the New York State Center for the Prevention of Early Childhood Obesity. I am trained in pediatric ethics as well as a health writer. I have managed all aspects of complex programs in the fields of public health, health science research, community development, English as a second language, and youth initiatives.
I hold an MS in Bioethics from Albany Medical College, and an MPH from the State University of New York, and a BA from Columbia University in Liberal Arts. I have been quoted in the Guardian, Albany Times Union, Scholastic Magazine, and my work has been referenced on the Daily Show, CNN, and in several academic books about childhood obesity and bullying. My articles related to obesity, bullying, diabetes, and juvenile arthritis have been published in Preventing Chronic Disease, Your Health Matters, Diabetes Self Management, Pain Free Living, Whole Life Times, and the Mid. I also write a blog for caregivers and clinicians to help them communicate about how best to help children with obesity.
My mission is to help families and clinicians talk with ease about how to help children with obesity. I review the latest childhood obesity research and then translate my findings into informative, compassionate articles to help families and clinicians better understand the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. I want families and clinicians to have the best information available when they are making medical or lifestyle choices for children with obesity. I am currently writing books for families and clinicians about how best to care for children with obesity with compassion and empathy.
In my spare time I also enjoy working on creative writing projects. A play based on my short story, “Second, You Are Really Nigerian,” which also received an honorable mention from Glimmer Train and the Hudson Valley Writer’s Guild, was produced by the Wit and Will Theater. The story was also published in the Arts and Understanding Literary Magazine. Recently, my essay, “A Voice of My Own” was published in The Writer.
The breadth of my experience working with community organizations, policymakers, schools, parents, businesses, and government officials on a wide variety of social welfare issues makes me well suited to help communities, schools, families, and clinicians create a healthier and happier environment for children to grow and learn.
For interviews, invitations to speak, writing projects, or to inquire about consulting services, please contact me via the contact page.