Grant Helps Local Kids Fight Obesity

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

October 18, 2006

The Children's Fitness Center at UVa Children's Hospital received almost an $18,000, which will be used to fund an extended day program at Cale Elementary School called "Growing Up Healthy."

The lifestyle and nutrition program is part of the Center's ongoing effort to stamp out childhood obesity in Charlottesville.

Kohl's Department Store and the Virginia Diabetes Council gave the grant to help prevent overweight kids.

"The biggest issue is that the solution to this problem is prevention, more than anything else. This program is an attempt to prevent the proliferate of childhood obesity," said Susan Cluett, a nurse practitioner from UVa Children's Fitness Clinic.

First year UVa medical students will be teaching the class to help children manage their weight and adopt better healthy lifestyle choices.

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