Navigation Links
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Funds Diabetes Education at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
Date:5/8/2009

CHICAGO, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, 2233 W. Division St., Chicago, received a $65,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois' Childhood Health and Wellness Initiative to fund the Medical Center's program for children at risk for obesity and diabetes. This is the first year the grant has been awarded.

Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. Since the 1970s, obesity has more than doubled for preschool-aged children and tripled for school-aged children. Today, nearly twice as many Hispanic children are overweight as compared to a decade ago.

The staff of Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center's Childhood Awareness of Nutrition, Diabetes and Obesity (CAN DO) Program is working hard to combat this problem. An important facet of this program is that it targets children at a young age - where they can begin to make healthy choices that can positively impact their futures.

Since its inception, the CAN DO Program has reached more than 700 children and 550 parents. In addition to providing education about diabetes, diet and exercise, this bilingual program also checks cholesterol and glucose blood levels. Nurse educators identify children at risk of diabetes or pre-diabetes and alert their parents to the need for follow-up medical care. The program is conducted within schools located in the West Town, Logan Square and Humboldt Park neighborhoods. Children participating in the program attend classes during the school day, usually a total of 10 sessions.

"It is important to address obesity issues at an early age," said Gladys Aguirre, R.N., Manager of the Medical Center's Community Health Education Department. "Teaching healthy eating behaviors and exercise early in a child's life is important since what they experience as children contributes significantly to their habits as adults," she added.

Resurrection Health Care is a family of health care services providing advanced medical care and exceptional customer service with compassion and hope. Our hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, home health services, behavioral health programs and other services are located in many Chicagoland neighborhoods.

Resurrection Health Care is a not-for-profit Catholic organization sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth and the Sisters of the Resurrection.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Resurrection Health Care
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Anthem Blue Cross to Support Members and Communities Impacted by Santa Barbara Fires
2. SAMHSA Honors Goldie Hawn, Youth Across the Country in Celebration of National Childrens Mental Health Awareness Day
3. Northwestern Mutual Foundation Announces $500,000 Disaster Relief Donation for the American Red Cross
4. Fitness Industry Leaders Across the Nation Gather on Capitol Hill to Campaign for a Healthier America
5. Frost & Sullivan: Rising Public Awareness Promoting Acceptance of Infection Surveillance Systems Across Europe
6. Swine Flu Continues to Spread Across U.S.
7. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network Launch Web Sites to Help Chrysler Members Easily Find Information on Their Health Care
8. GNC Helps to Raise Over $300,000 for National MS Society in First 30 Days of Ride Across America by Phil Keoghan of CBS The Amazing Race
9. Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross to Auction First Rides on Magnums 20th Anniversary
10. Upstate New York Physician Recruiters Receive Awards from New Doctors Across New York Program
11. Red Cross Urges Families and Communities to Prepare During Swine Flu Outbreak
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... As health professionals work to improve their approach to healthcare, there is ... than filling out a survey; in many cases health professionals and patients are working ... and research on the importance of active engagement with patients and members of the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... process to promote standards of excellence for the field of eating disorders, announces ... 22 – 25, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Lori R. Somekh, founder of the Law Office of Somekh & Associates ... special needs planning attorneys. “Membership in ElderCounsel helps our office remain up to date ... elder law attorneys nationwide,” said Somekh. , ElderCounsel was founded by ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills is ... vendors and unique items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event will raise funds ... by the VNA. The boutique will be open Saturday, November 4 (10:00 a.m. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor ... that explains one of the most popular and least understood books in the Holy ... and puzzling descriptions that have baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... Oct. 11, 2017  True Health, a leader ... its effort during National Breast Cancer Awareness month ... risks. Research ... calculated that more than 10 million American women ... in BRCA1 or BRCA2 and have not had testing. ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... Oct. 6, 2017   Provista, a proven ... $100 billion in purchasing power, today announced a new ... The Newsroom is the online home for ... infographics, expert bios, news releases, slideshows and events. ... a wealth of resources at their fingertips, viewers can ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... OBP Medical , a leading ... today announced regulatory approval from Brazil,s ... Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA)) to market ... with integrated LED light source and smoke evacuation ... of a tissue pocket or cavity during surgical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: