Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Loyola brings wellness challenge to Maywood kids

Loyola helps lead first Turn Up Your Health Youth Wellness Challenge

MAYWOOD, Ill. (May 28, 2014) – Loyola University Health System was excited to be a part of the first Turn Up Your Health Youth Wellness Challenge, which encouraged young people in Maywood to make healthy lifestyle choices. The program recently concluded with a May 21 awards ceremony for the participating kids and their parents at St. Eulalia Parish in Maywood.

The program was led by OsCiriah W. Sostan and Armetria N. Humphrey, third-year medical students at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and was sponsored by the Eternal Light Community Services and Loyola Pediatric Weight Management Program. It was a community outreach project funded by Trinity Health..

The weekly after-school program was held once a week from February through May at the Quinn Community Center of St. Eulalia Parish. The goals included educating and influencing kids to choose a healthy way of living in relationship to food, exercise and self-esteem.

During the awards ceremony, all the participating children and teens were lauded for their participation and received a certificate and a gift. Three individuals were acknowledged for their outstanding work during the challenge. Criteria for special recognition included attendance, completing homework and demonstration of healthy behavior. The winners were:

  • Gold winner:  Kiara Floyd, age 12 , $300
  • Silver winner:  Kiera Bentley, age 15, $150
  • Alexandria Willis, age 13, $75

Loyola is dedicated to improving children’s health in communities across the Chicago area. To continue to bring wellness to our neighbors, next year’s challenge will be conducted at another site in the community.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member 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 one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.