Posted: Jan 22, 2014 3:21 PM by Brian Waldrep
Source: La. Governor's Office
BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal, along with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, have announced the formation of a Childhood Obesity and Diabetes Research Program.
They have also opened a new pediatric research center .
Governor Jindal says the new center is necessary because childhood obesity is reaching epidemic proportions in many countries, including the United States.
The new Translational Research Clinic for Children will include:
• 14,000 square feet of clinical space, located in the heart of Pennington Biomedical campus
• 6 examination rooms for clinic assessment visits by physician scientists
• Room and instrumentation to measure metabolism in infants, the only one located in the United States
• Exercise room outfitted with child and adolescent-sized equipment, including treadmills, stationary bicycles, etc. and including an observation room
• Activity room with child appropriate play equipment, rock wall climbing, etc., and including an observation room and adjoining outdoor playground equipment
• Demonstration kitchen with attached conference room for family nutrition and meal preparation instruction
The state of Louisiana provided the $6.4 million in funding for the newly renovated building.