Monday, November 14, 2011

Colorado Volunteer Wins National Award For Combating Childhood Obesity

On Sunday, the AHA presented its prestigious Chairman’s Award honoring excellence in volunteer service to Stephen R. Daniels, MD, PhD, of Aurora, Colorado, for his leadership of the association’s campaign to combat childhood obesity.

Daniels, Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital, received the award during the opening of the association’s Scientific Sessions 2011 in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center.  AHA National Board Chairman William H. Roach, Jr., of Chicago, presented the award. 

Roach said Daniels, “a tireless advocate for the American Heart Association and its programs for more than 20 years,” has been “highly instrumental” in the development of the Healthcare Initiative of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The alliance, forged in partnership with the William J. Clinton Foundation, is a centerpiece of the association’s strategic goal to markedly reduce childhood obesity by 2015 and empower youngsters nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices.

“In his role as advisor shaping the Healthcare Initiative, Daniels contributed his extensive knowledge of the evidence base supporting effective approaches to preventing and treating childhood obesity, coupled with strategic insights into the motivation of healthcare providers and insurers,” Roach said. “His innovative efforts have been indispensable to the development of this initiative, whose numerous signatories include leading insurers and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and it now offers vital health benefits to more than two million children.”

Daniels’ volunteer service to the association also includes roles on many important committees and task forces including the Nutrition Committee and Committee on Atherosclerosis, Hypertension and Obesity in Youth.  He is also a member of the Denver Division Board.

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