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PITTSBURGH, PA - WQED Multimedia and OnQ magazine are partnering with
Highmark for a series of reports and studio interviews taking a serious look at obesity.

The Pittsburgh region has taken the lead in fighting obesity on many levels - from
community education to public policy to regional strategies. Beginning Monday,
November 15 at 7:30 p.m., OnQ will present a weeklong series that addresses the
most important, and sometimes controversial issues including gastric bypass,
childhood obesity and self-esteem.

Mon., Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
“ Obesity: The Stigma”
Michael Bartley reports in-depth on the stigma of obesity.
“ Obesity: The High Cost”
OnQ contributor Lynn Sawyer takes a comprehensive look at the high physical, mental, emotional and financial cost of obesity.
“ Obesity In the African-American Community”
OnQ’s Chris Moore interviews Dr. Goutham Rao, Clinical Director of Weight Management and Wellness Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Tues., Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
“ Childhood Obesity”
Meet a local fifth grader who is fighting his weight and his high cholesterol. Lynn Sawyer reports a success story, due in part to KidShape, a weight-management program for children.
On Q's Tonia Caruso explains why you should be paying attention to your Body Mass Index.
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Wed., Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
“ Obesity: A Psychological Look”
OnQ's Carol Lee Espy explores the psychology of overeating and looks at why we eat when we're stressed, why food is so comforting, and how to stop before we over-indulge?
“ Obesity: Pittsburgh Fitness”
Many experts believe that a community with an environment conducive to physical activity reduces the obesity rate. Find out how Pittsburgh fairs as a healthy community.
“ Obesity: Pittsburgh’s Regional Strategy”
OnQ’s Chris Moore interviews Highmark Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs Aaron Walton.

Thurs., Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
“ Gastric Bypass Surgery”
Lynn Sawyer reports on the advantages and risks of this increasingly popular weight loss surgery.

Fri., Nov 19 at 7:30 p.m.
OffQ Special Edition: “Fred Honsberger’s Story”
OffQ panelist Fred Honsberger, from KDKA-AM, talks about his gastric bypass surgery with co-panelists Ruth Ann Daily of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Alan Cox of 105.9 the X, and guest panelist psychologist Paul Friday. Chris Moore hosts.

WQED Multimedia’s flagship program, the Emmy Award winning OnQ magazine, airs weeknights on WQED tv13. It is live and it is local. Since its inception in January 2000, OnQ has covered the region with in-depth, thoughtful pieces that showcase the people and places of southwestern Pennsylvania. The show has become the program of choice for those seeking comprehensive coverage of local news and important issues, with long-form feature reports. Hosted by Stacy Smith, with Chris Moore, Carol Lee Espy, Michael Bartley and Tonia Caruso, OnQ airs weeknights at 7:30 p.m. on WQED tv13, with encore broadcasts Monday through Friday at 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. the following weekday.

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