Research in Sub-Saharan Africa Aims to Improve Lives of HIV-Positive Kids

Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s mission to prevent, treat and eliminate childhood disease extends far beyond the Pacific Northwest or even the United States. Researchers like Dr. Jason Mendoza, of the institute’s Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, are advocating for vulnerable patients all over the world. Mendoza recently led a global health research study […]

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Gov. Jay Inslee joins Seattle Children’s ‘walking school bus’

Gov. Jay Inslee joined staff from Seattle Children’s Research Institute this morning as they lead a group of West Seattle children in a “walking school bus.” A walking school bus is an organized group of children who walk to school together each day while supervised by an adult. Jason Mendoza, MD, MPH, is leading a […]

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New food and beverage labels may be a step in the right direction, but is it enough?

Big changes could soon be coming to grocery stores across the U.S., but for those who don’t pay attention to the black and white nutrition label located on the back of food and beverage packages, the change might not seem very drastic. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed giving Nutrition Facts […]

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Walking school bus

Going old school: Researcher encourages walking school bus to prevent childhood obesity

More than one third of children and adolescents are obese or overweight, and more and more families are coming to Jason Mendoza, MD, MPH, for advice on how to help their kids lose extra pounds. But obesity treatments can be difficult to complete and are often expensive. Mendoza is testing a new approach that aims […]

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Kirsten Thompson in the garden

Helipad transforms into a teaching garden for patients

With a nationwide spotlight on fighting childhood obesity since obesity prevalence among kids and teens in the U.S. has almost tripled, it’s important we find ways to instill healthy lifestyles in today’s youth to prevent them from developing health issues down the road. At Seattle Children’s, dietitian Kirsten Thompson found a unique way to teach […]

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Fat letters from schools spur childhood obesity debate

Receiving report cards from schools is a standard practice that helps parents stay informed about their child’s academic performance. But now, schools in some states have been going one step further and are also letting parents know how their child’s weight measures up. A new report released this week in Pediatrics has spurred debate around […]

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