Challenges overcome in parenting

Leo Trasande, MD, MPP, shares advice for parents on how to overcome the difficulties and stress from work and parenting, while maintaining a healthy marriage
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Challenges overcome in parenting

We have a two-parent working household, and both of us are professionals--busy ones at that. My wife actually works for a company based in London. As a result, we have orchestrated a complex structure where I am the father in the morning, hand off to our caregiver; my wife takes over in the mid afternoon, which allows her extra time with the children in the late afternoon--going to playgrounds, going to gym classes, among other things. For us, one of the challenges can be just having time as a couple, which I'm sure many parents experience all the time. It takes creativity and it takes patience, but nurturing that part of the relationship is not just good for the parents--it's good for the children as well.

Leo Trasande, MD, MPP, shares advice for parents on how to overcome the difficulties and stress from work and parenting, while maintaining a healthy marriage


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Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP

Associate Professor, NYU School of Medicine

Dr. Leo Trasande's research focuses on identifying the role of environmental exposures in childhood obesity and cardiovascular risks, and documenting the economic costs for policy makers of failing to prevent diseases of environmental origin in children proactively. Dr. Trasande is perhaps best known for a 2012 Journal of the American Medical Association study associating Bisphenol A exposure in children and adolescents with obesity, and a 2011 study in Health Affairs which found that children's exposures to chemicals in the environment cost $76.6 billion in 2008. His analysis of the economic costs of mercury pollution played a critical role in preventing the Clear Skies Act (which would have relaxed regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants) from becoming law. He has also published a series of studies which document increases in hospitalizations associated with childhood obesity and increases in medical expenditures associated with being obese or overweight in childhood.

These studies have been cited in the Presidential Task Force Report in Childhood Obesity, and another landmark study identified that a $2 billion annual investment in prevention would be cost-effective even if it produced small reductions in the number of children who were obese and overweight. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Council for Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee for the World Trade Center Health Program. He recently served on a United Nations Environment Programme Steering Committee which published a Global Outlook on Chemicals in 2013, and on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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