Mary Sikora-Petersen, MSE, RD, CDE of Ministry Health Care was recognized with a Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management from the American Dietetic Association. Sikora-Petersen is a dietitian and certified diabetes educator for Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital and Howard Young Medical Center.
The country's leading health researchers call obesity the top nutrition problem in the United States. More than half of all adults are overweight and a third are obese, according to the National Institutes of Health, and as many as 20 percent of children are obese. Meanwhile, the Surgeon General's "Report on Physical Activity and Health" found exercise and physical activity among everyone from school-age children to adults to be at an all-time low. And, childhood and adolescent obesity is an increasingly important predictor of adult obesity.
“Through this certification, I can better work with young patients and their parents to develop a clinical program for the management of childhood and adolescent obesity that includes nutrition, eating behaviors, and physical activity goals,” said Sikora-Petersen.
In addition to being certified in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management, Sikora-Petersen is also certified in Adult Weight Management.