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Riding towards a healthy future

27 May 2020

 

Passionate advocate for healthy children and families and Senior Staff Specialist in Paediatric Endocrinology, Assoc. Prof. Gary Leong loves working with kids and their families to help them enjoy healthier and happier lives.

This passion has seen him put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to release his first book, 'Ride to Life', a no-nonsense guide for families to break the cycle of obesity. In the book, Dr Leong shares his knowledge and experience of the last 30 years, including that gained in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and the Nepean Blue Mountains Family Metabolic Health Service.

Since 2016, Dr Leong has worked as part of a multidisciplinary team to deliver the Nepean Blue Mountains Family Metabolic Health Service, Australia’s first public whole of lifespan obesity service. This innovative service for individuals and families faced with the challenges of obesity supports clients to maintain a healthy weight and achieve better health outcomes.

Dr Leong says that despite his work on the frontline, he felt there was more he could do to help kids and families to enjoy healthier lifestyles.

“I put down these stories that I had acquired after looking after hundreds of families suffering severe obesity in my clinics,” he added.

The book outlines the 2020 Family Health Challenge, a program that encourages families to “ride together” to learn new ways to play, exercise and eat together to make sustainable changes for a healthier and more active life.

“Using the resources I have created – the book and my website – I hope more families will be able to start their health journey,” says Dr Leong.

To find out more about 'Ride to Life' visit the 2020 Family Health Challenge website.