Monday, August 29, 2011

Are You as Fit as a 5th Grader?

Test Your Fitness Acumen Along with Chicago Youth during Project Fit Benchmark Day

WHAT: Students ages 5 through 12 will measure their fitness through Project Fit America, a two-year program using specially designed cardiovascular equipment and curriculum to combat pediatric obesity and promote positive fitness habits through exercise for a lifetime. Monkey bar rotations, rope climbs and cup-stacking exercises are just a handful of the exercises that will keep Chicago-area students moving to a healthy beat all day. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of Loyola University Health System, has sponsored more than one dozen schools in the last decade through Project Fit America program grants. This year John Mills Elementary School is the Gottlieb Project Fit grant recipient. WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 30 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. John Mills Elementary School 8201 West Fullerton Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707 Media must contact Stasia Thompson in advance at (708) 417-5036. WHO: Kathy Crawford, Project Fit national exercise physiologist instructor, will help more than 200 elementary school students and their physical education teachers learn new physical exercise techniques that will be used daily throughout the next two years. On Tuesday, students’ performance will be charted and used to establish benchmarks and strategies for progress. The specially designed permanent outdoor equipment stations and a series of indoor exercises will be used to determine each child’s current fitness levels. The students will use the exercises throughout the next two school years, and beyond, and Loyola will document and analyze their progress. WHY: “This next generation of Americans will be the first to not live longer than their parents, primarily due to the complex negative effects of obesity, including juvenile diabetes, cardiac stress and respiratory conditions,” said Dr. Jessica Bartfield, who specializes in weight management and nutrition at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and oversees the Project Fit initiative.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.