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Media Alert
Foundation of YRMC Fights Obesity through the Y.O.U.T.H. Initiative School Program


Contact: Kaitlan Schick
Corporate Communication Specialist
(928) 336-7545

(October 25, 2011 – Yuma, AZ) – The Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center will award more than $11,000 in grants to four local elementary schools to implement the Y.O.U.T.H. Initiative Mileage Club School Program. This is a structured program for students to become physically active during recess time by walking laps to earn tokens to wear on “achievement chains”. The miles walked are logged, and participants are rewarded as they accumulate tokens for their achievements along the way.

“We know the program will be successful”, says Executive Director of the Foundation of YRMC, Wayne A. Steffey. “The program has a proven record of success at Gary Knox Elementary School with a 90 percent participation rate. The expansion of the program is very timely as the community is moving into the final months of Healthy Yuma 2011”. The schools awarded the grant(s) include Valley Horizon Elementary School, Saint Francis of Assisi School, Gary Knox Elementary School, and Desert Mesa Elementary School. The schools will begin the Y.O.U.T.H. Initiative Mileage Club School Program in January 2012.

The mission of the Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center is to support a health community through philanthropy. Qualified as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Foundation relies on donations to support community programs such as the School Health Care Program; healthcare scholarships; diabetes education; cancer screening and support; and the Y.O.U.T.H. Obesity Initiative.

For more information, contact Susan Juarez at 336-2406 or e-mail

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