Dr. Katz Helping Raise Funds for Benevolent Dance Troupe
by Christopher D. LaTorraca ◊ Apr 15, 2011
Joni’s Dance Center of Hamden will be hosting a fundraiser to raise money for their performing group ensemble that travels to different venues and performs for the underprivileged. The event will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, located at 321 Circular Avenue in Hamden, on Sunday, May 15, from 4-5:30pm, in the church basement. Dr. David Katz, an internationally recognized authority on nutrition, weight management, and the prevention of chronic disease, will speak on these and other topics. Tickets are ten dollars and the owner of Joni’s, Joan Christensen, is excited to have Dr. Katz donate his time and expertise. “I am so grateful that Dr. Katz, who is in such demand as a speaker, has decided to give up his Sunday afternoon to help us raise money for the kids,” Joni told The Hamden Journal.
Dr. Katz has a resume that seems to go on forever. He has been published in leading newspapers, including, but not limited to, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street, to name just a few. Dr. Katz has appeared on three cover stories with Time magazine and his writings are included in dozens of periodicals. His guest visits to television include the shows 20/20 and The Today Show, and he has appeared numerous times on Good Morning America. He also as a medical contributor for the ABC Network. For more information about Dr. Katz, readers can visit his website at davidkatzmd.com. On a more local level, Katz has written a column on health and wellness for the New Haven Register for several years.
Dr. Katz is realistic about the fight over obesity. “For most of history, humans have had too much physical work and too little food. Now, in modern times, we have very little physical work and too much food,” Katz stated. “We, as a society, are inundated with marketing and advertising from major corporations on cheap easy food that has little nutritional value,” he expressed.
Dr. Katz added, “You can’t turn the culture around on a dime. Good things are happening, but it’s going to take time. It’s wishful thinking that we can simply return to the way society used to be. We’re in a modern world, hence people need to be equipped with modern skills.”
So how can we turn the tide? “We have to look at society as a whole. We shouldn’t separate children from adults. By parents and children working together, the changes can and do happen,” continued Katz.
Dr. Katz, along with a team of experts, has developed Nuval. Nuval is a numeric system from one to a hundred that scores the nutritional value of the food product. The higher the number, the more nutritious. For example, skim milk may have a score of 91 and whole milk 55. Supermarkets, such as Big Y, have implemented this scoring by placing the ranking in front of all of their products. This makes it easy to shop for what is healthy for yourself, as well as for your children. The second product is a DVD entitled Nutrition Detectives, which is a fun way for children to eat and live a healthy lifestyle.
In our next edition, we’ll go in to greater detail about Nuval and Nutrition Detective, and how Dr. Katz is turning the tide against obesity.
Photo: Dr. David Katz