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Mt. Sinai’s Children’s Trauma Institute Treatment and Service Adaptation Center Receives Video Conferencing Donation From IVCi

Hauppauge, NY (PRWEB) July 25, 2008

IVCi, LLC (http://www.ivci.com ), a leading integrator of enterprise collaboration solutions including high definition video conferencing, telepresence, audio visual integration, and managed conferencing services, announced today that it has donated video conferencing equipment to Mt. Sinai’s Children’s Trauma Institute Treatment and Service Adaptation Center (CTI TSA) as part of its ongoing support of children in need.

The CTI TSA will use video as part of an initiative to develop and adapt effective child traumatic stress interventions in child protective service settings nationwide. Children in child welfare systems have an extraordinary prevalence of traumatic stress disorders, and yet historically have had very poor access to mental health services.

“We would like to thank IVCi for their generosity,” said Claude M. Chemtob, Ph.D., Co-Director, ACS-MSSM Children’s Trauma Institute “Much of our work is oriented toward prevention, and the video conferencing system IVCi donated will be used to facilitate the planning and designing of new protective services for children.”

About IVCi

IVCi, LLC (http://www.ivci.com | http://audiovisual.ivci.com) is a leading integrator of managed enterprise collaboration solutions, including high definition video conferencing, telepresence, audio visual and managed conference services. From our headquarters in Long Island, New York, and branch offices throughout the country, IVCi makes conferencing and audio visual solutions easy to use, easy to manage, and easy to afford.


Dr. Marie-Ange D. Tardieu and the Body Image Institute of New York (BIINY) Celebrate National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (NCOAM)

Larchmont, NY (PRWEB) September 13, 2010

Today, the Body Image Institute of New York (BIINY) announced its support for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Throughout the month of September, The Body Image Institute will hold seminars and workshops to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic in an effort to help improve the health of American children.

Childhood obesity has been a growing problem over the past four decades. Currently one out of every three (31.8%) children living on American soil, ages 2 to 19, is overweight or obese; a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic.

Being overweight or obese is unhealthy at any age. Obese children are at risk for a number of emotional, physical, life-threatening, and psychological problems. They are often teased by their peers, and harassed or discriminated against by their own family and friends. These children may grow into individuals with low self esteem, which predisposes them to depression.

The life-threatening consequences of this epidemic create a compelling and critical call for action. Obesity is estimated to cause 112,000 deaths per year in the United States, and one third of all children born in the year 2000 are expected to develop diabetes during their lifetime. Experts predict that the current generation may be on track to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.

Childhood obesity as a condition also places those affected at greater risk of developing heart disease and cancer. It can also lead to other conditions such as osteo-arthritis, sleep disorders, high cholesterol and other disorders that may include liver disease, early puberty or menarche, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, skin infections, asthma and other respiratory problems. Studies have shown that overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults. Obesity during adolescence has been found to increase mortality rates during adulthood.

While obesity afflicts children across the US, certain groups have been disproportionately affected. For instance the Bronx is ground zero for childhood obesity in America. Almost half (47%) of Head Start participants in the South Bronx are either obese (31%) or overweight (16%). Nearly 4 in 10 (39%) kindergartners and 5th graders attending public schools there are either obese (24%) or overweight (15%). A similar proportion (38%) of high school students reports heights and weights that indicate obesity or overweight; 17% are obese, and 21% are overweight. Among adult residents, 2 in 3 (66%) report heights and weights indicating they are obese or overweight.

It is undisputed that the Bronx, as a city, has the largest number of obese infants in the US. Obesity rates are also highest among non-Hispanic black girls and Hispanic boys. Obesity is particularly common among American Indian/Native Alaskan children. In addition, obesity can be influenced by a number of environmental and behavioral factors, including unhealthy eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle at home and at school.

According to Marie-Ange D. Tardieu, M.D., medical director of the Body Image Institute of New York and author of The Elements of Size: Issues in Body Image, Obesity, Overweight, Eating and the Mediterranean Diet, prevention of obesity must begin early and continue throughout life with particular attention directed to three critical periods in a childs development: before birth, between the ages of 4 and 7, and during puberty.

Dr. Nereida Correa, who has served as a member of the National Advisory Council for Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition, is on the Advisory Council of Women’s Health of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration in Washington DC, and is the president and CEO of Eastchester Medical Associates concurs: advice about diet and exercise should be dispensed throughout childhood obesity prevention should start when the child is in its mothers womb before delivery, breast feeding should be encouraged because it helps prevent obesity in infancy and offers a protective factor against obesity in later childhood. (A 60 percent increase in obesity has been observed in children who were not breastfed.)

Stephanie C. Tardieu, who reviewed the effects of consuming sweets in early life noted: 70 percent American infants receive sweets by the age of 15 months, and by the age of 2, 43 percent of American toddlers are given soft drinks daily. (One can of a non-diet soft drink contain 150 calories, the equivalent of 10 spoons of sugar.) Miss Tardieu further remarked: As responsible adults, we can all join forces and take steps to turn the epidemic of childhood obesity around, and guide our communities to healthy eating and lifestyle habits.


THE BODY IMAGE INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK is a Body Image Clinic and consulting firm serving communities throughout the New York tri-state area. Dr. Marie-Ange D. Tardieu, a plastic surgeon, body image and obesity expert, is the institutes medical director. For the past 10 years, through seminars and workshops in schools, colleges, outpatient clinics and hospitals, the institute has worked in collaboration with corporations, schools, universities and hospitals in an effort to raise awareness about the obesity crisis and curtail the trend of overweight and obesity in schools and the workplace.

To call attention to the nation’s obesity epidemic, earlier this year, Congress designated September 2010 as the first National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Childhood Obesity Awareness Month kicked off on September 1st, and will be celebrated throughout September 2010. The theme for the National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is “Let us all take steps to promote healthy eating and living to solve the problem of CHILDHOOD OBESITY within a generation.” The month of September from now on will be a month where families across America are urged to take their children to visit their doctor and to focus on helping those children to establish lifelong healthy habits by eating balanced meals and snacks and participating regularly in physical activity.

To honor the month in New York, The Body Image Institute of New York will conduct Workshops on Body Image, Proper Nutrition and Physical Activity at the institute locations (Eastchester Medical Associates) in the Bronx, and Westchester. Everyone attending these workshops will be provided a copy of The Elements of Size, Dr. Tardieus new book that outlines protocols for healthy eating and living. To register or learn about these or future workshops and seminars, please call Eastchester Medical Associates (EMA) 718-708-5650 (Bronx), or via E-mail mimi_tardieu@yahoo.com

For information about National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in other states, please visit LetsMove.gov

About the Elements of Size: Issues in Body Image, Obesity, Overweight, Eating, and the Mediterranean Diet

The Elements of Size is a book that analyzes all the elements contributing to the obesity epidemic. The book shows why most weight loss protocols fail and guide you to the road of prevention and cure.

The Body Image Institute of New York

P.O. Box 2030

Larchmont, NY 10538



Florida Public Health Institute Names Roderick King, M.D., M.P.H. Deputy Director: King Supports Institutes Mission to Advance Knowledge and Practice of Public Health

Lake Worth, FL (PRWEB) May 18, 2012

Claude Earl Fox, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Director of Florida Public Health Institute (FPHI) today announced the appointment of Roderick Kenneth King, M.D., M.P.H. as Deputy Director.

Dr. Kings rich experiences with diverse and underserved communities in the United States and internationally affords him the unique ability to create and implement strategies that lead positive change in health care, public health, and health policy, said Dr. Fox. He will be an excellent addition to the Institute as his background is very much in line with FPHIs mission.

Dr. Kings extensive medical and health academic training include a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University; M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, where he earned the Honors in Research Award as an NIH Young Investigator; M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health; Council for Excellence in Government and University of North Carolina School of Public Healths Kenan-Flagler Business School.

I am honored to accept this position and look forward to supporting the Florida Public Health Institute on many levels in my new role as Deputy Director. We are at a critical juncture in the health of our citizenry, and Im committed to advancing the health of Floridians in whatever ways I can. said Dr. King.

Dr. Roderick K. King is currently the President of Next Generation Consulting Group, an organization that uses strategic planning, leadership, organizational development, and evaluation to build healthy communities. In addition, Dr. King is faculty in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Senior Faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital Disparities Solutions Center, and formerly Director of the Program on Cultural Competence in Research in Harvard Clinical Translational Science Center (Harvard Catalyst).

He most recently served as the Director for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), New England Regional Division and as a Commander in the US Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At HRSA, he was responsible for the management of $ 190M in grants; the supervision of staff and activities in Primary Care, Maternal and Child Health, and the National Health Service Corp; and for improving their individual and collective performance within their local community and state to meet the needs of underserved populations. During his tenure with HRSA, Dr. King was selected as a Council for Excellence in Government Fellow and received numerous awards and citations for his work in developing a performance evaluation system for HRSA grant programs and the development of HRSA

UC Davis MIND Institute Study Finds Diagnosis Often Missed for Hispanic Children with Developmental Delay, Autism

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) August 28, 2012

Hispanic children often have undiagnosed developmental delays and large numbers of both Hispanic and non-Hispanic children who first were thought to have developmental delay actually had autism, researchers affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute have found.

The study, one of the largest to date to compare development in Hispanic and non-Hispanic children, is published in the journal Autism. The results lead the study authors to recommend increased public health efforts to improve awareness, especially among Hispanics, about the indicators of developmental delay and autism.

“Our study raises concerns about access to accurate, culturally relevant information regarding developmental milestones and the importance of early detection and treatment,” said Virginia Chaidez, the lead author and a postdoctoral researcher in the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences when the study was conducted. “Autism and developmental delay tend to go undiagnosed when parents are not aware of the signs to look for, and the conditions are often misdiagnosed when parents don’t have access to adequate developmental surveillance and screening.”

Developmental delay is diagnosed in children who lag behind others in reaching important mental or physical milestones, while autism is characterized by deficits in social interactions and communication behaviors. The symptoms of both disorders can be improved with targeted interventions, with the greatest improvements seen when interventions begin early in life.

In conducting the study, the researchers used data from the Childhood Autism Risk from Genetics and the Environment (CHARGE) Study, a population-based study of factors that increase risk for autism or developmental delay. The current study included 1,061 children living in California who were between 24 and 60 months of age. They were divided into three groups: children with autism, children with developmental delay but not autism, and children with typical development. All diagnoses were confirmed or changed based on evaluations by MIND Institute clinicians.

The evaluations of Hispanic children were conducted by bicultural and bilingual clinicians in Spanish or English, depending on the primary language used at home. The results for children with at least one Hispanic parent of any race were compared to the results for children of non-Hispanic white parents.

“Our goal was to use the CHARGE Study to help fill the gaps in research on autism for Hispanics so we can better understand what autism is like for this growing U.S. population,” said Irva Hertz-Picciotto, professor of public health sciences, researcher with the UC Davis MIND Institute and principal investigator of CHARGE. “No other study of autism has included such a large proportion of Hispanic children.”

When the outcomes for Hispanic children were compared to non-Hispanic children, the results revealed more similarities than differences in terms of autism profiles, including diagnostic scores, language function, whether or not children lost acquired skills and overall intellectual, social and physical functioning.

A striking outcome, however, was that 6.3 percent of Hispanic children enrolled in the study who were selected randomly out of the general population met criteria for developmental delay, compared with only 2.4 percent of non-Hispanic participants, which is the expected percentage. This raised concerns among the researchers that many Hispanic children with developmental delays may not be getting the services they need.

For both Hispanic and non-Hispanic children, there was a high percentage (about 19 percent overall) of Hispanic and non-Hispanic children recruited for the study with developmental delay who actually met criteria for autism, raising concerns about adequate access to accurate developmental assessment.

When the analysis was restricted to bilingual children, a significant relationship also emerged between secondary language exposure (when a child was spoken to 25 to 50 percent of the time in a language other than English) and lower scores on standardized tests of receptive and expressive language. This resulted in lower overall cognitive scores for this group.

“Our results emphasize the importance of considering cultural and other family factors such as multiple language exposure that can affect development when interpreting clinical tests, even when they are conducted in the child’s preferred language,” said Robin Hansen, chief of developmental-behavioral pediatrics at UC Davis, director of clinical programs with the MIND Institute and a study co-author.

Hansen, the MIND Institute clinical team and the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the MIND Institute have worked hard to provide accurate, current and evidence-based information about developmental disabilities to parents, educators, therapists and health-care specialists through an annual conference, website resources and community outreach.

“That so many children are slipping through the cracks is disheartening,” Hansen said. “The differences between developmental disabilities can be subtle but important and involve distinct treatment pathways. We need to make sure that all children are getting routine developmental screening, early diagnosis and intervention so they can achieve their fullest potential.”

For information on developmental milestones, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Learn the Signs” website, which is available in English and Spanish at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.html. Parents with concerns about their child’s development should work with their health-care provider, school district and California Department of Developmental Services regional center to identify appropriate services.

The study, titled “Autism spectrum disorders in Hispanics and non-Hispanics,” is available at http://aut.sagepub.com/content/16/4/381. The research was funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (grants R01-ES015359 and P01-ES11269), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s STAR program (grants R-829388 and R-833292) and the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Based in Sacramento, Calif., the UC Davis MIND Institute is a collaborative international research center committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care and cure of neurodevelopmental disorders. Utilizing the advanced biomedical technology and research infrastructure of UC Davis, the institute’s scientists and clinicians pursue investigations that will ensure better futures for the one in twenty Americans with neurodevelopmental disorders. For information, visit http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute.

Boys Town Institute Offers Warnings About Fireworks and Hearing Loss

Boys Town, Neb. (PRWEB) June 21, 2013

Whether you are shooting fireworks in your drive-way or watching a public display, you could be at risk of having some hearing damage.

How Fireworks Affect Hearing

Fireworks produce a sound output that is in the 150 to 175 decibel range.

There are two things to note when considering whether or not fireworks will have the potential to cause hearing loss:

The Private Equity Institute Announces Fall Training Schedule and Corporate Training Programs

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 28, 2007

The Private Equity Institute (http://www.privateequityinstitute.com) is now enrolling for its fall programs as well as introducing its corporate training program. PEI is a premiere educational training program designed to prepare students and professionals for the world Private Equity by combining educational knowledge with real world experience.

Training programs consist of a comprehensive curriculum taught by top Wall- Street professionals with years of training and deal experience. On staff we have a former head of Private Equity at Smith Barney and a Modeling/LBO expert. The program covers an overview of the Private Equity Industry: (What is Private Equity? Categories of Private Equity, Structure of PE firms, Top players in the field), then broken down into specifics: Rules/Regulations, Term sheets, PPM’s, Review of financial Statement analysis, Valuation, Modeling (DCF, LBO), LBO strategies, M&A transactions & how everything combines to putting deals together.

Training programs are ideal for current Private Equity Analysts/Associates, Investment Bankers looking to switch into private equity, business owners looking to start a fund and other professionals in finance who want to get private equity training. Sessions are given monthly at a private club in Midtown Manhattan or available live via the web. For corporations or business schools we can customize training programs to handle small to large course settings at your corporate headquarters or in one of our training rooms. Certificate of completion will be given to those who pass the final exam.

Private Equity Institute’s Internship program is associated with (and partially subsidized) by a series of New York based private equity/venture capital firms. Certain qualified students will be eligible for an internship with one of the companies after completion of the training program. Resume consultation and mock interviews are provided to help students break into the industry and move their career forward. Please send your resume to privateequityinstitute@gmail.com to be considered for our internship program.

Fall Schedule:

September 8-9th 9AM-5PM

September 22nd-23rd 9AM-5PM

October 6-7th 9AM-5PM

October 27th-28th 9AM-5PM

November 10th-11th 9AM-5PM

November 24-25th 9AM-5PM

To get more information on upcoming courses or training programs please call us at 646-964-6500 or visit our website at http://www.privateequityinstitute.com


Jonathan Marks

Private Equity Institute





Smart Horizons Institute Offers Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) Program Online in English and Spanish

Pensacola, FL (PRWEB) January 30, 2012

Smart Horizons Institute now offers the Florida Child Care Professional Credential(FCCPC) online for both English and Spanish speakers. The Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) certificate focuses on the competencies required by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) for early childhood professionals seeking a Florida staff credential. The program provides early childhood professionals the skills and knowledge necessary for working with young children.

The program is composed of 120 hours of online coursework, personal and professional written reflections, a classroom observation to document teaching proficiency, a professional resources portfolio, and a comprehensive exam. For individuals who have already completed the required 120 hours of professional development, there is the FCCPC Process that includes the written reflections, classroom observation, portfolio, and exam. Both the full credential program and the process are available in English and Spanish.

Smart Horizons Institute courses are housed on the secure, proprietary NexPort Campus learning management system, which allows program administrators or directors to track and report on student progress in real time. The next generation online learning and knowledge management platform now provides fully integrated synchronous learning using the NexMeeting online conferencing system that includes integrated telephone and computer-based audio, slide presentations, chat, white boards, and recording capability. Instructors and administrators are able to conduct web-based seminars and classes that are accessible to subscribers in even the most remote regions. NexPort Campus also supports interactive engagement within learning communities through the use of videos, wikis, blogs, collaborative web pages, and threaded discussions.

About Smart Horizons Institute

Smart Horizons Institute is an online training institution dedicated to providing quality professional development and certification programs. They offer Child Development Associate (CDA), CDA renewal, Director/Staff Credential renewals, and professional development courses to meet annual licensing requirements. Smart Horizons Institute is also recognized by the Florida Department of Children and Families as an approved Birth through Five Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) training provider. Courses are available in English and in Spanish. Smart Horizons Institute is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education under the provisions of Chapter 1005, Florida Statutes and Chapter 6E, Florida Administrative Code, license number 4498.

About Smart Horizons

Smart Horizons is an online training provider based in Pensacola, Florida, that offers courseware development by experienced instructional designers, customized programs, learning management services, and superior media design. Designated as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET), Smart Horizons offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for its programs that qualify under IACET guidelines. Smart Horizons, provides a wide range of training services, including content development and hosting, product delivery, student enrollment, student support, and record keeping. With innovative programs that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Smart Horizons is changing the way companies train their employees and enhancing the way individual learners achieve their educational and career goals.