Published on August 18, 2021

Clare Area Youth to Benefit from Educational Grant

MidMichigan Health Foundation recently received a $10,000 funding commitment from the John A. and Audrey Brown Memorial Endowment Fund housed at Clare County Community Foundation to fund an educational program.

Students in sixth grade grade at Clare Public Schools will receive education on nutrition and physical activity to empower them to make informed, science-based decisions on lifestyle choices from a young age. The program’s goal is to provide healthy lifestyle knowledge that reduces risks for development of obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and some other cardiac diseases.

Obesity is directly linked with type 2 diabetes and adult hypertension and heart disease. According to the State of Childhood Obesity, the national average obesity rate among kids aged 10 to 17 is 15.5 percent, and Michigan’s rate is 17.3 percent, ranking Michigan 12 out of 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Jeri Brown, R.N., C.D.C.E.S., diabetes educator, MidMichigan Medical Center- Clare, is looking forward to getting back to in-person education sessions in the fall of 2021. “Our Clare County students enjoy this program,” she said. “We want to make sure they are equipped with the proper information so they are able to build lifelong healthy habits.”

The program provides information to students in a fun, hands-on way by demonstrating portion sizes, and helps them to create their own healthy snacks using guidelines for things like calories and fat.

About Clare County Community Foundation
The Clare County Community Foundation strengthens our community by providing leadership, fostering collaboration on local needs and issues, and encouraging a legacy of giving through grants, scholarships and events.