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Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity

Empowering families to live healthy, happy lives


Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity was created to address the childhood obesity epidemic facing Central Texas today. According to 2008 FITNESSGRAM® results, approximately 35% of the students in grades 3 to 12 are overweight or obese in Austin ISD alone.

Headed by Stephen Pont, MD MPH, the pediatric obesity center focuses on reversing obesity trends in children and reducing long-term illnesses caused by obesity. Dr. Pont's team includes experts in medicine, psychology, nutrition and physical therapy from Dell Children's Medical Center, UT-Austin, and the Texas Child Study Center. The center incorporate multi-disciplinary prevention and intervention methods and practices to help children and adolescents overcome obesity.

The Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity includes four CL•E•A•R components:

  • Evidence based multidisciplinary CLinical treatment
  • Patient, community, and student/trainee Education
  • Community Advocacy and capacity building, through serving as a resource and partner for health-related collaborative community efforts
  • Novel Research to advance knowledge, document success and expand services.

The center's highlights:

Come out for the Dell Children’s Medical Center 5K and Family Fun Fair and 1.5 Mile Walk on April 18, 2015. Learn More

Follow Dr. Pont on twitter

Contact Us

Diolanda Lovings
Department Assistant
4900 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723

Phone: (512) 324-9999, x86437
Fax: (512) 406-6520
Charitable donations of all sizes are critical for our program's success. Contact the Children's Medical Center Foundation to learn more at (512) 324-0170 or visit us online.

In the News!

The team has recurring columns in Ahora Si, the Pflugerville Pflag , Round Rock Leader and monthly interviews on Fox 7's morning show (9:30am).

August 12, 2014
Pulse Ox Check Before Discharge

August 18, 2014
Live morning show and packaged evening news segment Back to School Immunizations

August 20, 2014   Podcast for American Council on Exercise Healthy messaging and 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.

August 25, 2014
KLBJ News Radio
Local pediatrician talks about study showing parents' inability to tell if child is overweight

August 26, 2014
Groundbreaking for new teaching hospital

August 27, 2014
Fox Austin Good Day Austin
Start the School Year Healthy

June 25, 2014
Fox Good Day Austin
Staying Healthy During the Summer

June 21, 2014
News Radio KLBJ
Can Childcare Policies Increase ER visits

May 7, 2014
Austin May the Month of Mom

May 21, 2014
Beaumont Enterprise
Obesity Not Too Big To Solve

May 21, 2014
Fox Beaumont
Dangers of Childhood Obesity in Jefferson County

May 22, 2014
Broadway World
Camp Shane and Dell Children's Collaborate

May 28, 2014
American Teens Are Becoming Even Wimpier Than Before

June 2, 2014
E-Cigs Not Good for Anyone

April 7, 2014
AFP/National Press Yahoo News:
Actually, kids are getting heavier in the US: study

April 7, 2014
KLBJ Austin
Study shows link between obesity and infant mortality

March 26, 2014
Fox Good Day Austin Morning Show, Austin, TX
Advocating for Healthy Community Changes Recurring guest expert

March 17, 2014
ADHD Medications and Childhood Obesity

March 14, 2014
Talking with SAMHSA About Healthy Living

January 27, 2014
KLBJ News 590 Radio Interview
Local doctor talks about study focusing on kids injured by firearms

January 13, 2014
KLBJ News 590 Radio Interview
Study shows more students are sustaining injuries because of violent confrontations and Austin doctor reacts

January 8, 2014
KLBJ News 590 Radio Interview
Austin doctor weighs in on study showing kids don't get enough exercise

January 2, 2014
Print interview for AP
Let's NOT Move: How just a quarter of young U.S. teenagers meet the minimum recommended fitness guidelines

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