Published on October 06, 2020

Youth in Clare to Benefit from Grant Support

Children of Clare County will benefit from a $12,000 grant from The Clare County Community Foundation to MidMichigan Health Foundation. The funds will support the the Risk Reduction Education for Diabetes, Cardiac and Obesity Prevention in Youth program in Clare County.

“Obesity is directly linked with adult type 2 diabetes, adult hypertension, and adult heart disease and rates are projected to grow in Michigan. This grant will aid the youngest members of our population with hands on education to help ensure they are off to a healthy start,” said Erin White, R.N., C.D.E., manager of the Diabetes Center at MidMichigan Medical Center – Clare. “We been providing health promotion education and care within Clare County for decades. With this grant we can continue to serve the Clare community children in making better health choices through education.”

The purpose of the Risk Reduction Education for Diabetes, Cardiac and Obesity Prevention in Youth program is to offer youth knowledge in nutrition and physical activity to empower them to make informed, science-based decisions on lifestyle choices from a young age.

“As part of the program, we will provide healthy lifestyle education that reduces obesity risks, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and some other cardiac diseases,” said White. “In addition, information will also be supplied to youth teaches on how to choose lower-calorie food, create awareness of physical activity benefits, and what healthy food choice options can assist in decrease unhealthy weight gain and obesity.

The hands-on course will also help to demonstrate correct portions sizes of multiple foods, allowing the participants to create their own snacks using guidelines of healthy amounts of fats and calories. The program runs from October to April of each school year and is available to Clare County 6th grade students.