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Clayton County Health Initiative Receives $10,000 Rite Aid Foundation Grant
Clayton County Health Initiative Receives $10,000 Rite Aid Foundation Grant

Southern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) Foundation has received a grant for the county’s “Planting the Seed for Good Health” children’s diabetes and obesity initiative from the Rite Aid Foundation.  The grant will assist the foundation and its community partners (Clayton County Board of Health; Clayton County Public Schools; Clayton County Board of Commissioners; and Clayton State University) that have all partnered to form the Diabetes Prevention Collaboration.  The group will roll-out their health empowerment initiative for school age children, their families and Clayton County educators with an official check presentation at 12pm on Friday, August 19, at SRMC in the Education Center.

“The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to partner with community stakeholders in addressing the health concerns of the children in Clayton County,” said Gayle Rife, manager of The Rite Aid Foundation.  Our foundation is dedicated to helping people in the communities that Rite Aid serves lead happier, healthier lives.  Joe Dudley, manager of our Rite Aid store in Riverdale (store #11782) is a prime example of our organization’s commitment to the community.”

The mission of the Diabetes Prevention Collaboration is to bring about a greater awareness of childhood obesity and diabetes in Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) and provide an evidence-based curriculum that can be easily implemented into the daily activities of elementary students to address the life threatening conditions.  The model that will be utilized in the “Planting the Seed for Good Health” program implements the evidenced based Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH®) model – a school based obesity prevention National Institutes of Health-funded study.

The Rite Aid Foundation funding has been designated for educational materials for the healthy lifestyle program that will launch in six Clayton County public elementary schools and run throughout the 2011-2012 school year.  The program will focus on nutrition education and physical activity intervention of 612 fourth grade students. Program goals include: 1) increase levels of physical activity; 2) increase cardio respiratory fitness levels; and 3) improve nutrition habits and knowledge base of healthy food choices.

 SRMC Diabetes Nurse Educator, Kathy Marshall, is proud of the collaboration that has occurred since first launching the initiative.  “In order for a program of this magnitude to succeed there must be buy-in from community stakeholders, and that’s exactly what the Diabetes Prevention Collaboration team represents. I am especially grateful to CCPS Superintendent Dr. Heatley and his amazing team for their cooperation and support of the program.”

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