| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

 

A major health problem that has consumed much of the United States over the last decade is that of childhood obesity. Proper nutrition and formulating a healthy diet has become a major point of emphasis, but there is still work to be done to educate much of the public on how to eat right.

With that in mind, the City Parks Foundation, Steve Kaplan, Dr. David D’Agate and 1Huddle hosted a free Nutrition Seminar at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

“As many people know, childhood obesity and body image issues are some of the most pressing health problems in the country today,” said Kaplan, Owner and Managing Director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center. “This problem is growing as many young people are increasingly sedentary and prefer playing video games to rigorous activity.

Dr. David D’Agate, a renowned Preventive Cardiologist, and my philanthropic organization, Serve and Return, have partnered with an innovating learning and game platform developed by 1Huddule to develop a simple but powerful nutritional program to help children make better food choices.”

 

After Kaplan and Mike Silverman, the Sports Director for the City Parks Foundation, said a few words to the attendees to open up the seminar, Dr. D’Agate began his presentation. He discussed many topics including dispelling some nutrition myths, how to properly read nutrition labels and creating a healthy diet.

“As an adult cardiologist, I see the devastating effects that poor nutrition can have on a person’s life,” said D’Agate. “Approximately 40 percent of the American adult population is obese. Sadly, 20 percent of children and adolescents are obese. The nutrition program through the City Parks Foundation gives us a unique opportunity to educate future generations about the importance of good eating habits that will hopefully last their entire lifetime.”

Dr. D’Agate’s son, Dylan, who plays for the Half Hollow Hills East tennis team, then spoke about the effects unhealthy eating habits have on society.

Following the seminar, participants were encouraged to download the 1Huddle app and take part in a quiz based on what they learned from Dr. D’Agate’s presentation where they could win prizes.

“I think it’s a little too late to get children to put down their phones, so the idea is to get them to use their phones to learn important life skills,” added Kaplan. “Many thanks to City Parks Foundation, the USTA National Tennis Center and my student and Dr. D’Agate’s son, Dylan, for helping make this talk a success.”