Go, Grandpa! Show baby girl the way to do it!

Quashaunda Royster, 18, left, of Durham, works out with her grandfather Clinton McIntosh Jr. at the Lenox Baker Children's Hospital in Durham through the Active Teens program. Getting to teens is crucial to heading off problems later. COREY LOWENSTEIN - clowenst@newsobserver.com

The story mentions something we’ve talked about before: improved cognitive performance after weight loss.

Lots of kids lost weight – 42 percent went from overweight to normal during the school year. Many saw their blood pressure and other health measures improve long term. Some actually posted higher math scores on end-of-year exams, a finding that has been noted in other studies as health leaders have argued for more school-based physical education.

The assertion is simple: As bodies improve, minds improve.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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