Core Teaching Hospitals for The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Continue to Rank Among Best in Nation

Memphis, Tenn. (July 19, 2013) – U.S. News & World Report rankings have once again recognized several core teaching hospitals for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) as among the best in the nation. This year, four of UTHSC’s core teaching hospitals appear on the U.S. News list — Methodist University Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, both in Memphis, the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, and the Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. [Read more...]

UTHSC Joins Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital To Fight Childhood Obesity

Two Doctors checking on a patient

Jon McCullers, MD, consults with parent on how to avoid childhood obesity

Memphis, Tenn. (December 13, 2012) The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is partnering with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to launch a Center for Excellence in Pediatric Obesity. Jon McCullers, MD, unveiled the plans at the recent Let’s CHANGE Summit hosted by Healthy Memphis Common Table. Dr. McCullers was the keynote speaker.

“To me, pediatric obesity is the No. 1 problem in Memphis with our kids,” said Dr. McCullers, chair of the Department of Pediatrics for UTHSC and pediatrician-in-chief for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. “That’s because it drives so much of the chronic disease in terms of high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, joint orthopedic problems and so on.”

Tennessee ranks sixth in the nation for childhood obesity, receiving an “F” on a national report card from the Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to prevent disease, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to public health. Roughly one-third of all school children in the area are obese or overweight. High rankings for children lead to even higher ones for adults: Two-thirds of adult Tennesseans are obese or overweight. If that doesn’t change, today’s children could be the first generation in centuries to lead shorter lives than their parents, according to research from Le Bonheur.

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