Navigation Links
Otho S.A. Sprague Memorial Institute awards Rush $230,000 for childhood obesity prevention
Date:2/22/2008

Obesity is one of the greatest health risks for children in the United States and, unfortunately, its on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of obese children in America has tripled since 1980. To help Rush University Medical Center more effectively address this preventable threat, The Otho S.A. Sprague Memorial Institute has awarded Rush University Medical Center a $230,000 grant to support a first-of-its-kind childhood obesity project at Rush.

Rush plans to use the grant to pilot an 18-month test program, A Combined Biomedical and Psychosocial Approach to Weight Management, led by Cathy Lynn Joyce, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics. In collaboration with an interdisciplinary team, families with children whose weights are rising above the ideal body weight will be assisted in their goal of preventing childhood obesity.

The program will help physicians to better understand the complicated factors that lead to childhood obesity and to develop a concrete protocol for effective behavioral change focusing on the child and their family. Rush is the first medical center to implement a formalized program utilizing an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals coupled with direct family involvement.

In many health care settings, involvement of the family is implied, but not supported. Our goal is to provide assessments, interventions and tools for both the child and family, Joyce said.

The pilot program will run February 2008 through July 2009. The project team will enroll patients from pediatric and adolescent practices at Rush with an economically, racially, ethnically and religiously diverse population of families. The project aims to enroll at least 40 to 50 families, with staff tracking the progress of each patient and family for 12 months. The team from Rush will include pediatricians, nurses, nutrition and fitness specialists, social workers and other specialists whose talents may help each enrolled child and family better address their concerns and achieve a healthier lifestyle.

The Otho S.A. Sprague Memorial Institute was founded in 1911 by a leading Chicago businessman as a nonprofit foundation with a mandate to pursue the investigation of the cause of disease and the prevention and relief of human suffering in Chicago. Today, this philanthropy is managed by a board of volunteers dedicated to carrying out this goal. For eight years, The Institute has created and funded innovative programs to address and reverse the obesity epidemic. The hallmark of this effort is CLOCC, the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, which now has more than 1,300 participants and is considered a national model. This new grant to Rushs program provides a significant complement to that effort and its clinical practices research.

Support of this childhood obesity reduction project and another grant of nearly $125,000 for an important patient-safety initiative at Rush are but two examples of the ways The Otho S.A. Sprague Memorial Institute continues to carry out its philanthropic mission.

As a Chicago-based philanthropy, The Institute has focused on enabling promising local health and wellness initiatives to develop and replicate. Over the years, Rush and its predecessors have consistently used our grants to achieve our shared vision. We are confident these grants will continue this pattern of significant outcomes that promote health, improve care, and reduce costs through innovation said James N. Alexander, The Institutes Executive Director.


'/>"/>

Contact: Mary Ann Schultz
mary_ann_schultz@rush.edu
312-942-7816
Rush University Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. MemorialCare Medical Centers CEO Barry Arbuckle Elected Chair of California Hospital Association
2. Sharp Memorial Hospital Achieves Highest Honor for Nursing Excellence
3. Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern Memorial Foundation Elect New Members to Board of Directors
4. Northwestern Memorials Heart Center Pioneers Minimally Invasive Surgery That Corrects Irregular Heart Beat
5. Dannemiller Memorial Education Foundation and GR MedEd, Inc. Announce Oncology Summit: From Discovery to Delivery
6. ...And the Grand Prize Goes to... Lockport Memorial Hospital, Winner of Siemens National Win an MRI Contest
7. GREENGUARD 2008 Memorial Fellowship Winners Will Examine Design
8. A Fort Worth Couple Sues Huguley Memorial Medical Center
9. Pennsylvania Invests $13.4 Million to Kick Off Butler Memorial Hospital Expansion
10. Dr. Lewis Drusin receives American College of Physicians James D. Bruce Memorial Award
11. Coshocton County Memorial Hospital RNs to Strike Despite Hospitals Claim of Financial Hardship
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/21/2017)... ... July 21, 2017 , ... Thomas Jefferson ... Witness , was awarded a $300,000 grant from The Pew Center for Arts ... with ambiguity and the recognition of one’s own limits among health professions students. ...
(Date:7/21/2017)... ... July 21, 2017 , ... ... $5,000 grant from the C. R. Bard Foundation, Inc. to support ... Hills , a service available through the nonprofit home care agency. Using evidence-based ...
(Date:7/21/2017)... ... 21, 2017 , ... In the first prospective ACL reconstruction ... Outcome Network (MOON) demonstrated that patients could perform sports-related functions and maintain a ... over time. The study, presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... MA (PRWEB) , ... July 20, 2017 , ... ... form of blood and bone marrow cancer that progresses rapidly without treatment. Newly ... recommended to reduce the chance of reoccurrence and relapse. With such a ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ATLANTA, Ga. (PRWEB) , ... July 20, 2017 , ... ... and equal access to medicine for everyone affected by diabetes, is teaming up with ... the five-day global event kicks off on July 24th. , “Team Type 1’s ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/19/2017)...  Mako Medical Laboratories partnered with Secretary Strickland, the ... Fund (MFA) to bring 140 soldiers back home to ... families one last time before being deployed. Mako Medical ... logistics needed for these soldiers. "Mako Medical Laboratories is ... We just wish we could bring them all home," ...
(Date:7/13/2017)...  Centurion Medical Products, a leader in medical product innovation and ... removal device for hospice patient care. ... Centurion Medical Products ... Patient pain management and emotional comfort are part of a ... pain while preventing unneeded emergency department admission due to severe fecal ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... , July 11, 2017 Zymo Research Corp., also known ... that can quantify biological aging in a precise manner using the myDNAge ... Steve Horvath , a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at the ... School of Public Health , Zymo Research,s proprietary DNAge ™ technology ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: