"Natalie’s own personal struggle with childhood obesity served as impetus to adopt a heart-felt personal mission to devote all efforts to combating childhood obesity. And that especially includes helping kids to prevent it from happening in the first place. She actively strives to end childhood obesity and improve nutrition habits through her involvement in the community. As spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the largest fitness certifying and advocacy organization in the country, she informs media outlets throughout the country on pertinent nutrition and fitness issues. Together, she and fellow pediatricians Mary Saph Tanaka and Kim Peterson developed “The Little Chef CookingSchool”, a four-session program which helps parents and their 5- to 10-year-old children have fun as a family making delicious health foods that they can easily re-create at home. She also developed a school-based nutrition and physical activity program implemented in elementary schools. She has served as coach and member of the Board of Directors of Girls on the Run of the Triangle, a program that uses running to teach girls ages 8 to 12 life skills and healthy living. She also is a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics and certified personal trainer and fitness instructor."