First Nonprofit Integrated “Weight Loss” Boarding School to Open in North Carolina

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The first nonprofit weight loss boarding school, The Healthy Children Academy will open at the Patterson School in Lenoir, North Carolina in January, 2006.

The first nonprofit weight loss boarding school, The Healthy Children Academy (HCA), http://www.HealthyChildrenAcademy.org, will open at the Patterson School http://www.PattersonSchool.org, in Lenoir, North Carolina. The Patterson School offers day and boarding classes for grades seven through 12, and post-graduate studies are available for those students who desire additional preparation for college or a career. The school is located on 1,400 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Lenoir, North Carolina. The Patterson School is dedicated to the development of the whole student, academically, spiritually, and physically and provides an environment that stimulates the intellectual and social growth of the student. The Patterson School offers a wide range of activities, programs, and classes for students, including athletics, drama, art, and music, technology, an Equestrian Center, and more. The students are also encouraged to join activities such as the yearbook, student newspaper, outdoor club, art club, chorus, riding club, astronomy club, judiciary committee and the student government board.

Healthy Children Academy students will be integrated with the Patterson School student body in the classrooms, dorms, and dining facilities. Headmaster Colin Stevens wants to train all Patterson School students to make healthy living choices.

“The primary goal of the Academy will be to balance studies with nutrition and exercise,” he said. "We want to provide a safe nurturing environment and help children build their self-esteem. With Ira Green as the program’s director we will be able to incorporate many of the proven lifestyle-changing activities used in his Camp Timber Creek summer program.”

The Advisory Board Members for the Healthy Children Academy are:

Gerard J. Musante, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Structure House, http://www.StructureHouse.com, a residential weight management lifestyle clinic in Durham, North Carolina since 1977. Dr. Musante is Consulting Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center. In addition he has published research articles in peer reviewed journals through the years.

Walter J. Pories, MD, FACS Chief, Metabolic Institute, East Carolina University, Professor of surgery and Biochemistry at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University; Principal Investigator of the National Institutes of Health Consortium for the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery member, and winner, of the O. Max Gardner Award of the University of North Carolina, for his research and finding on the nutritional needs of children and the elderly, as well as his discoveries concerning morbid obesity and its

relevance to adult-onset diabetes.

Dr. Dennis Gage, M.D., F.A.C.P. is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Clinical Nutrition. He is a Clinical Instructor in Medicine at New York University and an Attending Physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC. Attending Physician at Beth Israel Medical Center, NYC Dr. Gage has a private practice in NYC. Member, NAASO, ADA, AMA. Dr. Gage is the author of The Thinderella Syndrome: A Practical Guide to Individualized Permanent Weight Loss- http://www.thethinderellasyndrome.com. Dr. Gage has conducted several research projects in the treatment of obesity.

Green is the owner of Healthy Kids Camps, http://www.HealthyKidsCamps.com, and the founder of the non-profit Healthy Children Foundation. Phone: 1-888-533-9039.

Dear Mr. Green:

I write to express the gratitude of the Brody School of Medicine, the Metabolic Institute, and, indeed, of the University for providing the remarkable opportunity to learn about obesity in children and adolescents. Over our three years of cooperation, you have not only provided a premier experience for the campers, you have also served as a classroom for our students and faculty.

You have also demonstrated as well as anyone in the U.S. that the summer camp experience can provide dramatic weight loss, sharp improvement in performance, and great relief of emotional burdens. I have attached a recent abstract of our research; it tells the story very well.

It's no surprise that the students and parents hold you in such high regard; I do as well. I look forward to working with you again next year.

With best regards,

Walter J. Pories, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery, Biochemistry and

Exercise & Sport Science

Chief, The Metabolic Center

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