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The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Independence Blue Cross Team Up to Address Childhood Obesity
Date:1/9/2009

utrition across our curriculum, so healthy living can be incorporated into all of our learning environments, not just the gym and cafeteria."

The IBC subsidy for Health eTools for Schools is being made through a licensing agreement with InnerLink, Inc., which developed the tool for the Highmark Foundation, a charitable organization and affiliate of Highmark Inc. Based in Lancaster, PA, InnerLink, Inc. provides educational resources and cutting-edge technology to help schools comply with wellness policy requirements and encourage better nutrition and physical activity for children.

The CHildhood obesity epidemic

Research and statistics point to the need for increased attention on obesity and other health related problems plaguing our nation's youth.

  • Compared with the rest of the nation, Philadelphia students have a greater risk of being obese and not meeting daily levels of physical activities, according to a 2007 Centers for Disease Control survey that evaluates youth risk behaviors.
  • A study of Philadelphia elementary schools students found that overweight children were absent from school more often than normal-weight children: 12 days for overweight children compared to 10 days for average-weight children over the course of the school year. Obesity, August 2007
  • More than 17 percent of people between age two and 19 are overweight or obese. Since the mid-1970s, the number of overweight and obese children has tripled, reports the U.S. Surgeon General.

About the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is made up of almost 1.5 million Catholics, with 270 parishes within the five-county area. There are 182 parish and regional elementary schools, 20 high schools, and five schools of special education, serving 80,000 students. The Archdiocese of Phil
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