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


For New Parents


For Infants

Ages 0 - 1

For Preschoolers

Ages 3 - 5

For School-Aged Children

Ages 6 - 12

For Adolescents

Ages 13 - 18

For Families


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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