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Aurora Health Care receives $318,973 grant to combat childhood obesity in Washington County

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Aurora Health Care will establish a three-year, project to address childhood obesity with a $318,973 grant from Wisconsin Partnership Fund for a Healthy Future.

“The Fit Kids Fit Families Project in Washington County” at Aurora Medical Center of Hartford will combat childhood obesity via interventions involving family members and community-based organizations.

“With childhood obesity skyrocketing, intervention is critical,” said Jeffrey Euclide, RN, vice president at Aurora Medical Center in Hartford. “Our community agrees, and its members are significantly involved in this project. Because 59% of adults in Washington County are overweight and health habits are spread to children, we’ll work with parents, children, a community advisory council, and other community resources. We’ll partner with the Kettle Moraine YMCA, the health department, the Aurora Nursing Outreach Program, pediatrician Ron Grit, and others who are concerned about this issue,” Euclide said.

“There will be four parts to the curricula: education, nutrition, exercise and psychosocial. We want to intercept obesity before we raise a generation of children who contract diseases like diabetes and hypertension in their 20s,” he added. “Ultimately, if we can reduce obesity, it can help to reduce the onset of chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses that affect quality of life and drive up the cost of health care.”

There will be 10 students ages 6 to 17 in each 12-week session, with three sessions the first year, five the next and six in the final year. Participants will be screened to see that they are physically and mentally ready to participate. For more information, call 262-670-7218.

Projects chosen by the Wisconsin Partnership Fund focus on children, adolescents, women and minority populations and address some of Wisconsin’s most urgent health care needs, including healthy birth outcomes, safe neighborhoods and healthy lifestyles for children and families.

For more information about the Wisconsin Partnership Fund log on to www.med.wisc.edu/bluecross.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers care at sites in more than 80 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact:  Sue Pierman (414-647-6432)

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