On Thursday, March 31, 2016 our community gathered together to discuss an epidemic in our country, Childhood Obesity.

Our first speaker, Sheila G. Clarke, MBA, RDN, CDE, discussed the health risks of having an obese child and the different health risks that being obese will lead to later in life. She discussed the importance of eating lean meats, vegetables and starches in proper portions, along with proper exercise to help limit weight issues. Sheila also explained the importance of pre-planning meals, cooking with your children, as well as eating together as a family. She discussed how much sugar Americans eat every year and how that is affecting our weight, and that eating fast food is a huge contributor to childhood obesity. Sheila emphasized that making small changes in our dietary habits can make a big difference in our overall health, "we just have to get started doing something."

In 1997, Sheila earned a Masters of Business degree from the University of Redlands. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator, Sheila is a frequent speaker on health and wellness, diabetes nutrition and pre-diabetes prevention.

Our second speaker, Cameron Moreland, MS, CSCS, CF-L1, shared what a workout might look like for a child attending a class at the FitOne  Foundation. At his Foundation they have an amazing fitness program that engages children in activities where they are exercising and having fun at the same time. Cameron and his team emphasize that most of the children don’t even realize they are exercising, because they are having so much fun. Cameron demonstrated some of the exercises that the children did, which clearly showed the audience that exercise can be FUN!

Cameron serves as an adjunct professor at California Baptist University (CBU) in the Department of Kinesiology, where he also is a member of the Dean’s Executive Council for the School of Health Sciences.

Lastly, Bill Carnegie, President and CEO of Feeding America Riverside|San Bernardino, shared a new and innovative program that they have started with our local schools, where they provide a farmers' market once a month so that the children have the opportunity to bring home fresh fruits and vegetables. These farmers' markets are being set up right at the schools. His hope is to have these farmers' markets at every elementary school someday.

Thank you to our speakers, sponsors and community partners: Epic Systems Corporation, CBU, City of Riverside and their Fit, Fresh & Fun Program, I-Heart Radio, Inland Empire Magazine, Riverside Unified School District, Riverside University Health System, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), Dr. James E. Agee, Mr. Howard A. Boylan, Dr. and Mrs. Fred Havens, Jr., Mrs. Ethel S. Mueller, Dr. and Mrs. Nate Olson, Dr. and Mrs. David E. Randel, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Rosenberg, Dr. and Mrs. Larry Sharpe, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Wong, and a very special thank you to the Fit One Foundation and Riverside Medical Clinic.
We also appreciate Feeding America and Gless Ranch for providing all of the healthy snacks, treats and fresh fruit given to our guests to take home and enjoy.

Named for one of the 19 founding physicians of the Foundation, the Dr. Richard N. Boylan Memorial Lecture is held each spring. Over the past several decades, lecture topics have covered numerous health issues. Lectures are complimentary and open to the public.  

Dr. Richard Nelson Boylan joined the fledgling Riverside Medical Clinic on January 1, 1941, and became the fourth physician of record in a group practice which has grown significantly over the years. During the 1950s, Dr. Boylan served as the Clinic’s second chairman. At the time of his death in April 1990, he was serving as Vice President of Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Boylan had practiced medicine for 50 years before he retired in January 1989. In the spring of that year, the Foundation held a special dinner to commemorate the formal dedication of this lecture series in his honor and at the same time observed the Boylans’ 50th wedding anniversary. His wife, Aileen Boylan, served two terms as a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and continued to actively support the Foundation’s programs until she passed away on March 10, 2006. Howard Boylan, one of Dr. and Mrs. Boylan’s sons, currently serves as a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

To view a video of Dr. Boylan’s life and contributions to the Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation, please click here.