Heidi Press, Public Relations Specialist
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
44405 Woodward Avenue
Pontiac, MI 48341
Combating Childhood Obesity
ST. JOSEPH MERCY OAKLAND RECEIVES GRANT TO COMBAT CHILDHOOD OBESITY
Funds to Provide Scholarships for Families to Participate in Hospital’s SHAPEDOWN Weight Management Program
Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) has received a grant of $3,000 from the Jordan Levin Childhood Obesity Foundation (JLCOF) to provide scholarships for families to participate in the hospital’s SHAPEDOWN youth weight management program.
SHAPEDOWN is a 10-week program based on a holistic approach to weight management for children and teens ages 6-18. Unlike a diet, SHAPEDOWN supports a gradual adoption of a moderate and healthy food intake that provides essential nutrients and leads to weight loss. It also stresses overall fitness, including endurance, flexibility and strength. Key components of the program are family involvement and communication.
A team of licensed health professionals, including a social worker, nutritionist and exercise specialist co-lead each class.
The five families who receive the scholarships will be entitled to participate in a 12-week program at CrossFit Bloomfield at the completion of SHAPEDOWN. CrossFit offers workout sessions customized to an individual’s fitness level, goals, ability and state of health. The training sessions are conducted by Coach Jordan Levin, a lifelong athlete and fitness enthusiast, who overcame significant childhood challenges to become a fitness coach and motivational speaker.
The non-profit JLCOF was founded in 2009 with the goal of fighting the childhood obesity epidemic one child at a time. The foundation funds and assists overweight/obese children in accessing education, exercise and nutritional counseling. One of the goals of the JLCOF is to send economically challenged overweight children and their parents to local hospital weight management programs to achieve their weight loss goals.
“We are pleased to enter into this new partnership with the Jordan Levin Childhood Obesity Foundation,” said Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO. “The foundation’s gift will allow us to reach more families whose children are affected by obesity and help them live longer, healthier lives.”
An orientation meeting for SHAPEDOWN is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2011, in the hospital’s Franco Communications Center, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac.
The orientation session is an opportunity for children and parents to learn more about the program, meet the SHAPEDOWN team and ask questions.
The new series of SHAPEDOWN classes will begin Thursday, May 5.
Attendance at the orientation is required to attend the classes. For more information or to register for the orientation, call SHAPEDOWN Coordinator Julie Esparsa, 248-858-2554.
About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County. Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.
For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, please visit stjoesoakland.org.
About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.
A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.
For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit stjoeshealth.org.