And this apparently means reevaluating everything about how they live, from diet to exercise.
The Anthem Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a Chicago-based health insurers’ association.
The grant is aimed to address what is a national epidemic through nutritional consultation and classes, total wellness assessments, fitness classes and ongoing medical monitoring, according to a news release.
The grant will fund the development of initiatives and programs to address health issues among abused and neglected children at the Louisville-based child welfare agency, according to the release.
Childhood and adolescent obesity is a nationwide – and local – crisis, and the obesity level for this segment of the population has more than tripled over the past three decades.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention found recently more than one-third of American adults is obese. A forecast released last month stated that by 2030, 42 percent of U.S. adults will be in that category.
Obese youth and adolescents are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, and are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
About Maryhurst: Maryhurst is marking its 169th year of caring for abused and neglected children, making it the state’s oldest child welfare agency. Believing the worth of children and strength of families are cornerstones for a better world, Maryhurst is dedicated to providing care and commitment, strength and support, healing and hope to children and families in great need. The private, non-profit agency cares for more than 400 children each year through a residential treatment program for teenage girls, community-based group homes for teen girls, therapeutic foster care services, psychiatric residential treatment facilities, and transitional living services. Maryhurst is recognized nationally for its expertise in caring for severely traumatized youth, most often victims of sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse or neglect. See more here.
About The Anthem Foundation: The Anthem Foundation, Inc. is a private, non-profit foundation. Through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities in Kentucky. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth-weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation