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Blue Cross Awards Generous Grant to Family Fit


Anthem Blue Cross recently awarded a $25,000 grant to the “Family Fit” wellness program administered jointly by Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools and Sonora Regional Medical Center. Launched in 2012, Family Fit provides much-needed health and fitness education to third-graders and their parents. The goals of the program are to battle obesity and encourage better diet and fitness choices.

In the 2013-14 school year, 383 third-graders participated in Family Fit in Tuolumne County. At the end of the school year, these students saw an average fitness improvement of 71%. “That’s a huge accomplishment in just one year, and coming at such an early age, it should have a long-lasting impact on these children,” says program coordinator and Medical Center dietician Jodie Rodriguez, who helped launch Family Fit.

“We are pleased to partner with Sonora Regional Medical Center to improve the health of our students,” says Margie Bulkin, Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools. “Family Fit is an important age-appropriate program.”

Gail Witzlsteiner, executive director of the Medical Center’s Foundation, has helped fund Family Fit and continues to work with Tuolumne County schools in keeping the program alive and well. “Because childhood obesity is such a critical problem in our country, it is important that we continue to find ways to support outreach programs like Family Fit,” she says. “We are very grateful for the support of Anthem Blue Cross.”

For more information about Family Fit, contact Jodie Rodriguez, (209)-536-3728.