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"OBESITY: A GROWING PROBLEM" Monday, March 1-Thursday, March 4, 2010 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV (13.1 digital) An OnQ series sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield



Monday, March 1-Thursday, March 4, 2010

7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV (13.1 digital)

An OnQ series sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

PITTSBURGH, PA As Michelle Obama’s recently launched ‘Let’s Move’ initiative points out, childhood obesity is a national epidemic that can not be ignored. Obesity rates have nearly tripled during the past twenty years and now more than one-third of America’s children are overweight. More than thirty percent of American adults are also considered to be overweight or obese.

WQED-TV has partnered with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to explore local efforts being made to combat obesity in children and adults through its upcoming WQED OnQ series “OBESITY: A GROWING PROBLEM” Monday, March 1-Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV (http://www.wqed.org/tv/onq/index.php ).

Monday, March 1, 2010 at 7:30pm
Obesity: A Growing Problem - Obesity won't go away without change. This OnQ report is the first in a special series on obesity, outlining the health risks and the scope of an issue that even has first lady Michelle Obama on a new mission. Tonia Caruso reports.

FitWits - This partnership between Carnegie Mellon University's School of Design and local family support centers is helping to prevent obesity while delivering healthy lifestyle messages, tools and services to children and families. OnQ's Chris Moore visits two FitWits Zones in the Pittsburgh region.

Obesity & Health Care Costs - Obesity is not only one of the top public health concerns in the U.S. today, it's also one of the reasons for rising health care costs. OnQ introduces a Pittsburgh-area woman who considered bariatric surgery, but instead lost more than 100-pounds working with a nutrition counselor.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 7:30pm
Obesity On Campus - Three out of every 10 college students are overweight or obese - and colleges are considering their options when it comes to addressing this growing health crisis. This OnQ report looks at local universities' unique efforts to battle an obesity problem far more serious than the fabled "freshman fifteen."

Alternative Exercises: Hula Hooping - When it comes to weight loss, some people don't think beyond the obvious: running, walking, or sweating at the gym. But some of the best success stories come from "outside the box" exercises, as you'll see in this story featuring the Steel City Hoop Union.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 7:30pm
Obesity: One Child's Battle - OnQ's Michael Bartley first introduced viewers to Matt Sartore of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania in 2004, when he was in 4th grade. Now a freshman in high school, Matt updates his ongoing weight battle and has an important message about the importance of talking openly about the stigma of obesity.

Obesity Discussion: School Programs - Many Pittsburgh area schools have successful programs that foster healthier eating and encourage more active lifestyles for children. OnQ showcases two of them. Guests: Dr. Mary Goessler, pediatrician and medical director at Highmark; Dan Vete, physical education teacher who oversees the "Exertainment" and "Rowing Rox" programs at Sto-Rox Elementary School; Sharon Conway, director of food services for 2800 students in the Highlands School District.

WQED Gets Healthy - Many companies know the importance of healthy employees and have started weight loss programs. OnQ's Tonia Caruso shows how our own TV station's wellness committee is helping staff members lead healthier lives through Highmark wellness programs such as:

  • Eat Well For Life
  • Drop 10 in 10
  • Personal Nutrition Coaching

Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 7:30pm
Recipes For Healthier Living - Chris Fennimore of 'QED Cooks participates in OnQ's special series on obesity by taking us into his kitchen. Chris shares recipes that are fresh, healthy and easy to prepare.

Fresh Food Initiative - OnQ looks into a pioneering public policy called Pennsylvania's Fresh Food Financing Initiative which makes fresh food more accessible in underserved communities, where obesity is prevalent.

Slow Cooking - One of the leading causes of weight gain is that hungry people prefer fast cooking and fast food. Now, slow cooking is a new buzz word when it comes to eating right. Registered dietitian Judy Dodd shows OnQ viewers how slow cooking Mediterranean style can be beneficial for people with all kinds of lifestyles.

OnQ is WQED’s nightly newsmagazine show, the only one in the region and one of five in the country. In its 10th year, OnQ features stories about the regions culture, business, history and human interest topics. A multiple Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award winning program, OnQ was the first news and information program to broadcast in high-definition (HD) in the Pittsburgh market. Other prestigious awards for OnQ include: The CINE Golden Eagle Award, the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award and the Telly Award. In 2008, OnQ was also selected to be part of the Paley Center for Media Studies archives.

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.


To view the OnQ series that Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has funded, double-click or enter into your browser the following links:

Safety Nets: An OnQ Special Series (http://www.wqed.org/tv/onq/specials/safety-nets.php )

Oral Health = Overall Health (http://www.wqed.org/tv/onq/specials/oral_health.php

Age Well, Age Wise (http://www.wqed.org/tv/onq/specials/aging.php )

Health Insurance 101 (http://www.wqed.org/web_media/health-insurance-101.php )

Nursing: Rewards and Challenges (http://www.wqed.org/tv/onq/specials/nursing.php )

Highmark Healthy High 5 (http://www.wqed.org/ondemand/onq.php?cat=1&id=125 )

Obesity: It’s Gaining on Us (http://www.wqed.org/tv/onq/specials/obesity.php )

PA Healthy Kids: Back to Basics (http://www.wqed.org/ondemand/onq.php?cat=&id=53&search=Healthy%20Kids )


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