What the Experts Say

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY

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Maria E. Minon, M.D., F.A.A.P.

CHOC Children’s V. P. Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Riba and Mr. Gabriel have put their heart and soul into “Fit Kids Revolution”. Parents will find this guide refreshing for their compassionate, blame free approach and innovative solutions to the epidemic of childhood obesity. The advice offered within will not only impact the lives of children but entire families. This guide is an excellent resource for all families who wish to have healthier, happier children and a positive family dynamic.

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Dr. Gwyn Parry

The revolutionary approach for reversing the obesity epidemic

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Shelley Hoss – President

Orange County Community Foundation

Dr. Riba is a knowledgeable and passionate warrior in the battle against childhood obesity. She is a leading advocate for children’s health and wellbeing, and has found effective strategies for demystifying what it takes to eat and live healthfully in ways that are practical and sustainable for both children and their families.

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Dr Katherine Ahn, DDS Commissioner

Children and Families Commission of Orange County

There are not many books that can be read for both pleasure and educational purposes at the same time. This book is one of those books. I believe the wisdom that it imparts can positively impact us and our family for generations. Consumption of food is an integral part of life, Jon Gabriel and Dr. Patricia Riba guide us on how to make food a pleasurable aspect of life rather than being a gateway to obesity and a lifetime of struggles, guilt and unhealthy living. I applaud Jon and Dr Riba on publishing this desperately needed information on how to successfully prevent or overcome obesity, one of the greatest epidemic in America.

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Albert Chang, MD MPH

Pediatrician and Regional Medical Director Orange County AltaMed Health Services Corporation

Having practiced pediatrics in Orange County now for almost 10 years, I feel very fortunate that we have a program such as Dr Riba’s Health Club for our at risk obese patient population. She has brought together an incredibly knowledgeable and experienced set of specialists who provide a directed level of care and resources to our young patients and their families. In my busy offices, we are oftentimes unable to provide the time to fully educate and answer all the patients questions during the single visit. Dr Riba’s program is able to provide the time to go over the individualized patient care plan, and hit all the most important aspects of care with her Multidisciplinary Team. Their team’s unique way of connecting and inspiring children and parents both has made a meaningful impact within the Orange County community and among my patients and their families.

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Valerie Rice

Eat Drink Garden

As a food blogger and mother of two daughters, I’m always on the hunt to find ways to nourish my family that leads to a long lasting enjoyment of fresh, healthy food. Fit Kids Revolution is a wonderful guide that illustrates how to feed families in a healthy and approachable way but it’s so much more. With all the food fads it can be hard to discern the right path. This book is not just for those grappling with childhood obesity, it’s a practical guide for all families. We’ve put Dr. Riba’s methods to work in our home with great success – from the psychology of feeding children, to taking charge on what to serve and soothing techniques…it’s an all-exclusive guide. Thank you, Dr. Riba and Gabriel, for giving a sane and inspiring guide for all families.

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Merry A. Grasska, RN, MPH, NP-C

Fit Kids Revolution is a remarkable, book, demystifying how the body works in regard to nutrition and the factors that contribute to obesity. As a family nurse practitioner and one who has had a life-long battle managing my own weight, I recommend this enjoyable, easy to read book as a must for all parents who want to help their children achieve healthy weight and it should be required reading for parents who want to raise children in an environment with a healthy philosophy about food. Health care practitioners will also find it a helpful tool with valuable information.

 

Testimonials:

 

 

Testimonial from Elias Toscano:

 

“Patricia Ann Riba is a genuine caring healer especially of young children.
Her passion and integrity makes her an asset in any capacity, education, community outreach, vision.”

 

April 23, 2013

 

 

Dear Dr. Riba,

 

I am writing this card to you in loving gratitude for everything that you do! Your kind and warm heart, your brilliant dedication and your gentle compassion has helped my girls (and me too!) so very much.

We have had such a good time lately on “The Riba Plan” as I call it. Our last appointment together literally shifted something deep inside of me to where I am showing up differently, an amazingly positive shift! What stands out to me is when you said ‘You are looking at this (health plan) like it’s a diet. This is not a diet, rather a way of life.’ I just wasn’t “getting it” up until our last meeting. It was as if something clicked inside of my head, and I realized I really was doing ‘The Riba Plan’ as if it were a diet. Somewhere in my subconscious I was thinking… “I will do this to lose weight, then I can go back to eating crap!” I so get that this is not the case!

Also, Sarah, my youngest, over the weekend said “Mommy, Dr. Riba is really helping us! I am feeling better!” I said “Yes, she is baby! Yes she is!” I wasn’t sure whether to jump for joy or cry out of happiness! I do know one thing… You and your beautiful staff ROCK!!!

 

With so much thanks!

Vanessa O’Neill (Kyla and Sarah Standard’s mom)

 

 

Testimonial from DrRHC patient and Fit Club participant (mother):

 

Dr. Riba, I really appreciate all your help. Amazing! Eight pounds in three weeks… your program works. If I can ever do the same for you in real estate, please let me know.

–       Noemi Romero, Cassia Arredondo’s mom

 

 

Merry Grasska (NMUSD nurse) testimonial re: DrRHC

 

Dr. Riba’s Health Club has provided families with a valuable medical service not available in many communities.

 

DrRHC has an effective multi-disciplinary approach to addressing nutrition, health, and diabetes prevention and treatment that is family centered.

 

Families in our community have found a valuable resource with DrRHC. Dr. Riba and her multi-disciplinary team offer medical care, nutrition education, and support services to children and families in their pursuit of health lifestyles and sound nutrition practices.

 

 

Dr. Albert Change testimonial for Dr. Patricia 2014

 

Dr. Patricia Ronald Riba has truly been one of the strongest advocates for children and families in Orange County for the past decade. From her early days of training at the CHOC Children’s Hospital, to her wonderful work with Community Health and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, Dr. Ronald Riba has always held the well-being of her patients above and beyond even her own. As a Pediatrician, she has seen firsthand the devastating impact of obesity on her patients, and with the development of “Dr. Riba’s Health Club” in 2008, she has become a subject matter expert in the field of Childhood Obesity Treatment and Prevention for our population. More importantly, Dr Riba’s program has become a wonderful referral resource for healthcare providers as well as families alike, and her team continues to both educate and inform physicians and health care providers through regular community presentations. Dr Riba’s Health Club is a much needed program that changes lives and is essential to the future health of our children and families in Orange County.

 

Albert Chang, MD MPH
Pediatrician and Regional Medical Director Orange County
AltaMed Health Services Corporation
(714) 313-5439 cell
Achang@oc.altamed.org

 

Testimonial:

 

“Having practiced pediatrics in Orange County now for almost 10 years, I feel very fortunate that we have a program such as Dr Riba’s Health Club for our at risk obese patient population. She has brought together an incredibly knowledgeable and experienced set of specialists who provide a directed level of care and resources to our young patients and their families. In my busy offices, we are oftentimes unable to provide the time to fully educate and answer all the patients questions during the single visit. Dr Riba’s program is able to provide the time to go over the individualized patient care plan, and hit all the most important aspects of care with her Multidisciplinary Team. Their team’s unique way of connecting and inspiring children and parents both has made a meaningful impact within the Orange County community and among my patients and their families.”