News Release - August 17, 2012

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Celebrate YOU!

Workshop for Children and Their Families to Learn Fun Ways to Be Healthy

A Healthy ME Program Event

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New Brunswick, NJ -- Learn how crafting can lead to a healthier lifestyle at “Celebrate YOU!,” a workshop for children aged 18 and younger and their families, that will explore fun ways children can learn healthy lifestyle choices. Hosted by the Healthy ME Pediatric Lifestyle Changes Program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, “Celebrate YOU!” will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 13, in the conference center, room 1302, of the Clinical Academic Building, 125 Paterson Street, New Brunswick. The cost to attend is $10 per family.

To reserve attendance for Celebrate YOU!, please mail a check or money order for $10 made out to UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School to: Healthy ME Events, Attn: Karen Leibowitz, MD, Child Health Institute of New Jersey, 89 French Street, Room 2207, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Please indicate the number of adult family members attending, the number of children attending and the ages of the children. Download Registration Form

“The Healthy ME program focuses on the process of living a healthy lifestyle through small but important changes to behavior,” said Karen Leibowitz, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. “The program’s goal is to help children and their caregivers to set goals, have realistic expectations about health and weight management, and learn how to overcome obstacles in an effort to live a healthier life.”

Featuring life and wellness coach Janice Taylor, “Celebrate YOU!” will focus on making healthy living fun. A self-help/weight loss artist, author of Our Lady of Weight Loss, creator of the Kick in the Tush Club, and a 50-pound weight loss winner, Taylor will share her story as well as her thoughts on the “unhealthy” situation in which many people find themselves.

Following her presentation, Taylor will work with the children on craft projects and how to creatively use pictures, words, or symbols clipped from magazines that represent things that we enjoy doing and owning, and places we've been or would like to go to.  These elements will help attendees to create collages worthy of framing that Celebrate YOU!  A blogger for the Huffington Post, Beliefnet and Vivid ME, Taylor has been featured in numerous publications including O, Oprah Magazine; Health; Family Circle; the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, has appeared on Good Morning America, Discovery Health and Fit TV, and was the official Life Coach, Shape magazine 2010, Weight Loss Diaries. Janice Taylor’s mission: make healthy living fun; to create balance and harmony in your life.

Healthy ME, an initiative of the Department of Pediatrics at the Child Health Institute of New Jersey (89 French St., New Brunswick) focuses on helping children live healthy lifestyles that lead to sustainable weight management. Physicians and dietitians in the Healthy ME program work collaboratively with children up to 18 years of age and their families, to provide plans for healthy eating and exercise.



As one of the nation’s leading comprehensive medical schools, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education, research, health care delivery, and the promotion of community health. In cooperation with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the medical school’s principal affiliate, they comprise one of the nation's premier academic medical centers. In addition, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has 34 other hospital affiliates and ambulatory care sites throughout the region.

As one of the eight schools of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey with 2,800 full-time and volunteer faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School encompasses 20 basic science and clinical departments, hosts centers and institutes including The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, and the Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey. The medical school maintains educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels for more than 1,500 students on its campuses in New Brunswick, Piscataway, and Camden, and provides continuing education courses for health care professionals and community education programs.  To learn more about UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, log on to Find us online at and