Saving Our Children's Future

Greaux Healthy

Pennington Biomedical’s bold initiative to reduce childhood obesity through statewide partnerships based on scientifically proven obesity treatment and prevention programs.

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Obesity must be recognized as a complex disease that directly imperils our children and grandchildren.

Join the fight against Childhood Obesity by supporting the groundbreaking, evidence-based research happening everyday at Pennington Biomedical.

What You Should Know About Childhood Obesity

It's a Disease

Children with obesity have brains and bodies that have been rewired to gain weight and keep it on. They also live in a world that surrounds them with unhealthy foods and activities.

It's Not Inevitable

Scientists have proven that realistic strategies, like limiting consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, increasing regular physical activity, and reduced sedentary activity, can reduce the risk of children developing obesity.

It's Not Harmless

Seven out of ten children with obesity grow up to be adults with obesity. Those adults go on to have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, dementia and stroke.

It's Not Funny

The belittling treatment that children with obesity endure, from children and adults alike, can create scars that last a lifetime.

It's Not all Bad News

Childhood obesity is preventable. Family members, caregivers and other role models play a part in helping children make healthy choices. We can reverse the trend!

Pennington Biomedical is Making a Significant Impact

Our Research Spans the Pediatric Age Range:

For Expectant Mothers


  • Helping women maintain a healthy pregnancy weight and prevent gestational diabetes

For New Parents


  • Developing programs to ensure infants receive optimal nutrition for healthy weight gain

For Infants

Ages 0 - 1

  • Investigating the link between early childhood nutrition and obesity later in life

For Preschoolers

Ages 2 - 5

  • Studying the effects of poor sleep on physical and mental health
  • Ensuring preschoolers have age-appropriate fundamental motor skills, critical for play and everyday activities

For School-aged Children

Ages 6 - 12

  • Bringing evidence-based weight management counseling to pediatricians’ offices to help children and their parents to lose weight and improve their physical health while training healthcare providers to deliver these services
  • Teaching children and adults health and wellness through nutrition, fitness, sleep, body image, and resilience curriculum

For Adolescents

Ages 13 - 18

  • Translating effective treatments for weight loss in adults to teenagers and young adults
  • Evaluating medical therapies for diabetes to provide more options for treatment in this age group

For Families


  • Using technology to help families lose weight and fight diabetes together, using educational apps to learn how to eat healthier, be physically active, and achieve behavior goals

A Comprehensive Approach to Childhood Obesity

Pennington’s Greaux Healthy Initiative Identifies Four Priority Populations

Expectant Families and Parents of Infants

Research shows the risk of childhood obesity begins before birth, making an expectant mother’s healthy pregnancy weight and optimal infant feeding practices, critical early interventions against childhood obesity.

Pre-school Age Children
(2 - 5 years)

Childcare/early education settings will offer opportunities to implement structured evidence-based obesity prevention curricula and activities.

School Age Children
(6 - 12 Years)

Healthy eating, physical activity and weight-loss interventions adapted for school children’s “real world” life are introduced.

(13 - 18 Years)

Working with adolescents to modify behaviors associated with adult obesity and offering bariatric surgery for certain adolescents with severe obesity will avoid debilitating chronic diseases in adulthood.

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