DR. RICHARD W.M. VISSER

  Dr. Richard W.M. Visser is truly a renaissance man in the area of childhood obesity. During his long and distinguished career, he has focused on this issue, attacking the growing problem of childhood obesity from many different perspectives -- as an academician, a clinical researcher, an educator, a communicator, an activist, an entrepreneur, an effective developer and implementer of innovative strategies and approaches, and a concerned citizen and parent.

  After graduating from St. Michael’s University in Vermont with a degree in Science and Business Administration, he earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College in Santa Clara, California. Childhood obesity was the subject of his Ph.D thesis when he received his degree in Medical Sciences from the University of Medicine, Public Health Program in Havana, Cuba.

  Since then, Dr. Visser has addressed the problem of obesity and, more specifically, the pandemic of childhood obesity, on many fronts.

 

 

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  Hailed as one of today’s most progressive leaders in holistic medicine, Dr. Visser is the founder and CEO of SimplyH, a global health organization based on an integrated approach to health and healing that effectively uses both western and alternative medicine to produce optimum levels of physical and psychological well-being. Dr. Visser established this company as a vehicle for exploring and applying the latest innovations in restorative medicine and imparting the knowledge he has gleaned through his extensive studies and explorations throughout the world. Working with the world’s foremost authorities in the fields of nutrition, chemistry and wellness, he also developed SimplyH’s Wild Medicine supplement line containing a proprietary blend of high quality, synergistic ingredients meeting all nutritional requirements.

  Dr. Visser applies his extensive knowledge in his own healing practice at the Visser Wellness and Research Clinic in Aruba which offers both western and alternative medicines and provides information and guidance on diet, exercise, allergy testing and health status.

  Dr Visser has been a trailblazer in the area of childhood obesity.

  In the forefront of the industry movement to provide children with healthier food and beverage options, he is the founder of Toddler Health, a line of nutritious, easy to prepare drink mixes for children 13 months to 5 years.

  Dr. Visser has also conducted numerous studies and written numerous articles on childhood obesity for professional journals, including his extensive reports on his recent clinical study of obesity among the children of Aruba. His work has made a vital contribution to a greater understanding of the biological, sociological and psychological factors surrounding childhood obesity. This understanding has led to Dr. Visser’s development of an innovative intervention plan, including a unique learning tool in the form of an engaging computer game designed to teach parents, children and teachers about nutritious food choices and the importance of exercise. Dr. Visser is also in the process of developing a reality - based TV series, “Raising Healthy and Fit Kids”, on the work he does in the schools and the programs and games he has developed as he strives to bring a healthy lifestyle into each and every household.

  Dr. Visser is currently collaborating with Senior Professor Remy A. Hirasing MD, PhD from The Department of Public and Occupational Health, Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Netherlands Organization for applied Scientific Research, TNO Quality of Life, Prevention and Health Care, Leiden, The Netherlands, on a proposal for Combating Childhood Obesity to present to various government bodies of the islands of the Caribbean.

  Dr. Visser is a dynamic communicator, effectively sharing his extensive knowledge with his colleagues and with the public at large through published articles, his own television program, speaking engagements, and involvement in a wide variety of medical organizations such as the Caribbean Medical Association (CMA), the American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM) , the Gonstead Clinical Studies Society (GCSS), the American Association of Sports Medicine( ASMA) and the International Chiropractic Association (ICA) . He has spoken on the subject of childhood obesity at countless meetings, conferences and seminars including, most recently, the World Obesity and Weight Loss Congress; the National Nutrition Food Association’s Annual Convention; the Natural Products Expo East; the Whole Children, Whole Planet Expo; the World Obesity and Weight Loss Congress; and the NNFA Annual Convention. His obvious passion for the subject matter engages audiences and incites them to positive action.

  Dr. Visser has an equally distinguished record of public service including his recent election as a senator for the government of Aruba, representing health care, sports and well being. He continues to introduce new laws and regulations designed to encourage improved nutrition and greater exercise in the schools, including the removal of all “junk food” and its replacement with healthy, nutritious snacks. He has also developed a new “Food (healthy living) Guide” presented at PARLATINO in March 2006, for the Latin American and Greater Caribbean Region

  During his long and illustrious career, Dr. Visser has collaborated on various training and research projects with other health industry notables, including Dr. Deepak Chopra, John Gray, PhD, Dr Akhter Ahsen, Dr. Helen Stuart, His Holiness Grand Master Lin Yun, Brian Weiss, MD, Titut Yokelson, Ph.D, Troadio Gonzales, Md, PhD, Angel Caballero, PhD and Douglas Bibus, PhD. His natural healing philosophies and expertise have also led him to work with a long list of distinguished clients and celebrities, including Merton Hanks, N.Y, Jets, National Football League; Mark Logan, San Francisco 49’ers; and members of the Aruba Olympic Committee.