Croton on Hudson, New York (PRWEB) May 22, 2014
Camp Shane, the longest running and most successful children’s weight loss camp in the country, is delighted to announce the addition of prestigious pediatrician and childhood obesity expert, Dr. Stephen J. Pont. Dr. Pont will serve as medical advisor to Camp Shane’s world famous program as it launches a new Texas camp program at the beautiful TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio.
The founding medical director for the Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity at Dell Children’s Medical Center’s tertiary care pediatric weight management center in Austin, Dr. Pont is a leading expert in the field of childhood weight management and healthy living. Through his work with many national organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Children’s Hospital Association, and the Fitnessgram® Scientific Advisory Board, he seeks to help children and their families lead healthier and happier lives through education, community health advocacy, and treatment of the number one epidemic facing children and adults in this country— obesity. His center is committed to their patients’ health both in the clinic and in the communities to which they return and thus their work focuses on four key pillars: CLinical, Education, Advocacy and Research (CLEAR).
Dr. Pont currently serves as Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Obesity and practices clinically at ACES (Activating Children, Empowering Success), Dell Children’s Medical Center’s interdisciplinary weight management clinic. Dr. Pont’s childhood obesity center also offers individual and group family-based programs for children and teens, education, advocacy and research activities. He and his team believe in a holistic approach to helping patients through empowering children and families with education, skills and confidence to form new healthy habits that lead to healthier weights. He hopes to bring many of these approaches to Camp Shane, including possible group sessions for local families and follow-up webinars for campers. Dr. Pont will present weight management tips and strategies to families at Camp Shane Texas' family visiting day this June.
“The team and I at the Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment are very excited to partner with Camp Shane. We look forward to sharing successful approaches and to being able to offer another more intense, and much needed, option for kids in Central Texas and beyond who are working hard to move to a healthier weight.”
As a child and teenager, Dr. Pont struggled with his weight and understands the emotional pain, shame and loss of confidence children suffer when they are challenged by their weight. He also knows that the child doesn’t hurt alone--the whole family is affected and thus the whole family must be part of the solution.
“We at Camp Shane are thrilled to have such a caring and knowledgeable pediatrician, one so familiar with the problems of childhood obesity, join us as our medical advisor,” says David Ettenberg, founder of Camp Shane. “All of our campers, from the youngest to the teenagers, will benefit greatly from Dr. Pont’s lifetime of experience and specialized training. We are very happy to be able to offer his wisdom as a resource to our campers and their families.”
Follow Dr. Pont on Twitter: @DrStephenPont
About Camp Shane
We are the longest running, most innovative and leading co-ed weight loss & fitness camp in the country. Camp is about fun, friends, exciting activities and trying something new. With proven weight loss results, our goal is to create a lifelong healthier camper both inside and out. We inspire our campers by teaching cooking and nutrition classes, portion control and how to lead an active life style. Camp Shane has been featured on MTV, The Discovery Channel and Dr. Phil helping kids from all over the world fight obesity and gain self-esteem. Offering five highly supervised locations in AZ, CA, GA, NY and TX for ages 8 - 25, Camp Shane is affordable, accessible and life-changing!