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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:

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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).

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

November 27, 2013
Good Day Austin Fox TV Morning Show, Austin, TX
Healthy Thanksgiving. Recurring guest expert

November 18, 2013
KLBJ News 590 Radio Interview
Local doctor talks about study looking at cumulative effect of obesity

October 23, 2013
KLBJ News 590 Radio Interview
Austin doctor concerned about human milk bought over the Internet

October 8, 2013
'Fat Letters' Spark Outrage Among Parents. One mother is fighting back after her daughter was labeled overweight by her school

October 7, 2013
KLBJ News 590 Radio Interview
Austin doctor tries to clear up confusion about blood pressure screening for kids

September 26, 2013
Reuters Health
Heart docs call for help for severely obese kids By C. E. Huggins

September 1, 2013
Contemporary Pediatrics

August 29, 2013
Austin Fox TV

August 28, 2013
Good Day Austin Fox TV morning show
Back-to-school health. Recurring guest expert

August 6, 2013
Dip in Obesity Rates Among Some Preschoolers

August 5, 2013
D. Rich Louv Blog
Time for your vitamin

July 26, 2013
Health News Texas
Students Learn to Give Back at Two Dell Children’s Volunteer Day Camps

June 19, 2013
KLBJ Newsroom
Local pediatrician reacts to AMA's endorsement regarding obesity

June 5, 2013
Good Day Austin Fox TV Austin
Summer Activities: Why Not Try Something New This Summer Like Martial Arts?

April 30, 2013
Fox News Austin             
FDA investigates foods with added caffeine

April 24, 2013
Good Day Austin Fox TV Austin
Kids Taking Risks: Dangers of the Cinnamon Challenge and Stress Relief

April 7, 2013
Stephen Pont on KVUE Austin

Stephen Pont discussing the healthcare documentary Escape Fire

Spring 2013
KLBJ 590am
Local doctor talks about effects of TV, other electronics on childhood obesity

Spring 2013
Edible Austin
Edible Nation: Healing Health Care

February 26, 2013
KLBJ 590am
Austin doctor questions effectiveness of school expulsions, suspensions

February 18, 2013
KLBJ 590am
The impact of TV on preschoolers: local doctor puts study in perspective

January 30, 2013
Good Day Austin
Sleep and Healthy Living. Recurring guest expert.

January 28, 2013
KLBJ 590am

Study shows TV ads could affect teens' drinking

January 21, 2013
Coffey Communications Inc
Many children are challenged by their weighfret. But those excess pounds aren't always easy for parents to spot

January 21, 2013
Ragan's Healthcare Communication News
Pediatricians at a Texas health care center tweet 'The Biggest Loser'

January 14, 2013
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Why nutrition terms require careful look

January 14, 2013
Austin pediatrician watches Biggest Loser closely

January 14, 2013
KLBJ 590am

Austin doctor talks about TV's effect on child's sleep, life

January 6, 2013
San Antonio Express News
A kinder, gentler approach for kids

January 1, 2013
KLBJ 590am
Austin doctor, ad agency issue warning about food ads

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