The West Anniston Foundation Joins National Federal Program to Help Parents, Caregivers & Kids Say We Can! Be Healthier
ANNISTON, Al (June, 10th, 2013) – Today, West Anniston Foundation joined We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition), a science-based, National Institutes of Health (NIH) movement that teaches parents, caregivers, kids and communities ways to eat healthier, increase physical activity and limit screen time to help children ages eight through 13 maintain a healthy weight. WAF received financial contributions from The Daniel Foundation to support the initiative.
“In We Can! we’ve found an easy-to-use, science-based program that not only provides us with valuable resources—it also lets us tap into the expertise of more than a thousand other communities that are already committed to using the program to help overcome weight gain in their communities,” said Tycoma Miller, Outreach Coordinator of West Anniston Foundation
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (2003-2006), a record one in six children and youth between the ages of two and 19 are overweight. In addition, obesity has more than doubled in this age group since 1980. •       The Trust for America’s Health in 2012 gave Alabama a grade of F for adult obesity, adult hypertension, adult diabetes, adult physical inactivity, adult fruit and vegetable intake, high school student obesity, high school student fruit and vegetable intake, and childhood obesity. Even among Alabamians, residents of Calhoun County bear a disproportionate burden of chronic diseases, conditions, and risk factors. In 2012 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute ranked the overall health of every county in the United States. Among Alabama’s 67 counties, Calhoun County was ranked 36th in health outcomes (1st = the best), 40th in mortality, 34th in mortality, 38th in health factors, 49th in health behaviors, 43rd in social and economic factors, and 44th in physical environment .
“We Can! is designed to empower parents and communities such Anniston, AL to adopt healthier lifestyles by offering programs and materials based on the latest obesity prevention research,” said Karen Donato, S.M., coordinator of overweight and obesity research applications for the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and We Can! project coordinator.
We Can! is spearheaded by NHLBI and three other NIH institutes—the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Cancer Institute. More than 1,000 sites in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and 11 other countries, have committed to using We Can!, with new sites continuing to sign up regularly. 
For more details on We Can!, visit or call toll-free at 866-35-WE CAN.
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