The Memorial Foundation just received an $80,000 grant from the Safeway Foundation for Memorial Hospital’s first Childhood Obesity Program entitled ACT! Get Up, Get Moving!
In 2008 Yakima was identified as the 8th fattest city in the U.S. and currently 1 in 3 adolescents are overweight or obese. As Yakima County’s only nonprofit community hospital, Memorial will implement the first childhood obesity pilot program in the region to combine nutrition education, behavior modification, physical fitness, and research. This program is an evidence based weight management and fitness program for overweight and obese youth ages 8 to 14 years and their parents. It was developed by Seattle Children’s Hospital and has been presented to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The curriculum focus is on proper nutrition, a balanced diet, exercise, and behavior modification.
Memorial will partner with the Yakima YMCA and Seattle YMCA for the fitness portion of the program, Seattle Children’s Hospital for the program curriculum, and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences for the research component of the grant. This program will be offered in both English and Spanish to address the unique needs and higher obesity rates among Yakima County’s significant Latino population.
The Safeway Foundation funded only 20 childhood obesity grants in the nation out of 170 applicants, and Memorial’s application was number 6! We are very grateful to the Safeway Foundation, and excited for this unique partnership opportunity to help children in the Yakima Valley.