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Anschutz Health and Wellness Center fights childhood obesity
Center partners with Cherry Creek and Aurora schools
AURORA, Colo. (April 26, 2012) – The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center wants children in Colorado to make healthy lifestyle and nutrition choices so it is partnering with two school districts to empower students with the knowledge and skills to make those healthy choices. A program called “5th Gear Kids” in Aurora Public Schools and the Cherry Creek School District is designed to reduce childhood obesity. Children’s Hospital Colorado and King Soopers also are part of the collaborative effort to design and develop the program.
One out of three children in Colorado is considered overweight or obese. Most of them will fight obesity as adults. “5th Gear Kids” focuses on developing 5th graders as leaders who make good choices and set good examples for the younger children in their school and for their families. The program is designed to teach kids life-long skills about nutrition and physical activity. The program will reach nearly 7,000 students in the upcoming (2012-2013) school year.
King Soopers will provide a card to all “5th Gear Kids” to serve as a reward and point system to further reinforce healthy choices.
Students from both school districts submitted ideas to a logo contest for the “5th Gear Kids” program. A winning logo was chosen from each school district. They will be combined and then unveiled at the celebration.
WHAT: Anschutz Health and Wellness Center celebration of “5th Gear Kids,” a program designed to reverse childhood obesity.
WHO: James Hill, PhD, executive director, Anschutz Health and Wellness Center
Amy Casseri, senior vice president, Children’s Hospital Colorado
John Barry, superintendent, Aurora Public Schools
Mary Chesley, superintendent, Cherry Creek School District
Student winners of the “5th Gear Kids” logo contest program
WHEN: Monday. April 30, 2012
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Anschutz Health and Wellness Center
12348 E. Montview Blvd.
Aurora, CO 80045
About the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center
The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is an innovative, state-of-the art research, education and patient care facility located on the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. The Center's mission is to transform the lives of individuals and communities through science-based wellness strategies. Our research is translated into customized programs and offerings, delivered through our Wellness Clinic and Fitness Center. We provide programs, in partnership with schools, worksites and community organizations throughout Colorado. Our vision is a world where wellness is the norm. Learn more at www.anschutzwellness.com.
About the University of Colorado School of Medicine
Faculty at the University of Colorado's School of Medicine work to advance science and improve care. These faculty members include physicians, educators and scientists at University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado, Denver Health, National Jewish Health, and the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Degrees offered by the University of Colorado School of Medicine include doctor of medicine, doctor of physical therapy, and masters of physician assistant studies. The School is located on the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus, part of the University of Colorado Denver. For additional news and information, please visit the School of Medicine's newsroom.