MEDIA CONTACT(S): Kiska Workman Director, Marketing and Communications MEDIA: 713-442-5332 General Inquiries: 713-442-0000 Kiska.Workman@Kelsey-Seybold.com 4/5/2008 PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Generic HTML Content Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Hosts Pediatric Obesity Event Page Content Event features expert panel discussion and Healthy Little Chefs' Corner WHAT: A Kelsey-Seybold team of experts on childhood obesity will host a Saturday morning seminar for parents to learn effective ways to combat this problem. A Kelsey-Seybold pediatrician, a nutritionist, a childhood development specialist and a parent will host a panel discussion and address questions about healthy eating habits and ways to reduce a child's risk for heart disease and other health problems. A gourmet chef will also entertain parents and kids with an interactive healthy lunch event after the discussion. Take-home recipe books will also be offered. The free event is open to the public.For more information or to RSVP for the event, please call 713-442-5186. WHO: Sharon Pettway, M.D., Pediatrician at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Cypress Veronica Juarez, R.D., L.D., supervisor of KSC Dietitian and Nutrition Services Lexi Hoffman, M.A., child/parent development specialist Carnella Gray, parent of a child who completed the Weigh to Go! program and lost 40 pounds WHEN: SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 2008, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 10 to 10:30 a.m. - Registration, Child care check-in 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Expert Panel Discussion 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Healthy Little Chefs' Corner WHERE: Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Cypress, 13114 FM 1960 West, Houston, Texas, 77065 WHY: Childhood obesity has become a national health crisis. According to a 2004 report by the Institute of Medicine, approximately 9 million American children over age 6 are considered obese. But there is good news. Most cases of childhood obesity can be controlled and reversed through simple lifestyle changes such as healthier diet and more exercise, which is why it's especially important for parents to learn about nutrition and exercise and ways to reduce their child's chances of becoming obese. About Kelsey-Seybold Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston's renowned Texas Medical Center. More than 500 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 27 locations in the Greater Houston area. Kelsey-Seybold offers quality medical care in 55 medical specialties. The organization operates the largest freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center in the state of Texas and offers state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam and Varian Edge radiation therapy technology at a nationally accredited Cancer Center. An accredited Sleep Center, comprehensive laboratory services, advanced imaging and diagnostics, 17 onsite Kelsey pharmacies, and MyKelseyOnline, a secure web portal, are part of its comprehensive offerings. Kelsey-Seybold partners with major insurers to offer value-based commercial health plans. KelseyCare Advantage, a Medicare Advantage plan offered to Houston-area beneficiaries and affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, has achieved the coveted 5-out-of-5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for five consecutive years. Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and a Level 3 (highest) Patient-Centered Medical Home. Kelsey-Seybold has many physicians in the Greater Houston area certified for excellence in diabetes and heart and stroke care by the NCQA. In addition to these recognitions, Kelsey-Seybold is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic Center, and Endoscopy Center.