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The Highmark Foundation Awards $580,000 in Highmark Healthy High 5 Grants to Four Non-Profit Organizations
Date:10/10/2007

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Highlands Hospital (Fayette County)

Highlands Hospital was awarded $168,000 to expand the B-Fit 4 Kids, a physical activity and nutrition program, in collaboration with the Connellsville Area School District. The program is designed to address exercise and nutrition in students ages 6 -18. According to the 2005 American Community Survey, approximately 36 percent of children in Fayette County are overweight or obese compared to the Pennsylvania rate of 13 percent. The funding will support B-Fit 4 Kids, a 12-week after-school program developed to address childhood obesity in the Connellsville School District. The program includes five components: biometric assessment, exercise, nutrition, relaxation techniques and provision of medical exam. The focus of the program is for children to adopt positive long-term healthy habits rather than short- tern weight loss.

Highlands Hospital is a 71-bed, acute care facility which has served the community for more than 100 years. Highlands provides comprehensive health care services to residents of southern Westmoreland and northern Fayette Counties. The Connellsville Area School District is one of the largest school districts in Fayette County, serving approximately 5,600 students in 11 elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school.

Pennsylvania Area Council of Boys & Girls Clubs (Berks, Indiana, Erie, Lehigh and Dauphin Counties)

The Pennsylvania Area Council of Boys & Girls Clubs was awarded $150,000 to pilot the Triple Play Program, A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul at five locations in Western and Central Pa. The goal of the program is to increase nutrition and physical activity knowledge and behaviors among 500 youth, ages 6 -18. According to the 2006 Institute of Medicine Report Brief, for the past 30 years, the obesity rate has nearly tripled for youth ages 12-19 and quadrupled for children ages 6-11.

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