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Health care professionals, students team up with Boys & Girls Club to fight obesity

Release Date: July 5, 2012
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

Madison — The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is bringing together medical, nursing and pharmacy students to empower youth at two Boys & Girls Club of Dane County locations to make healthy choices. During two afternoon events, the student volunteers will lead children 7 to 12 years old in a variety of activities aimed at educating them and fighting obesity.

These events, which are sponsored through the Foundation’s “Game Plan for Healthy Communities” campaign, will feature energy-filled and inspiring experiences for children at the Boys & Girls Club. The program at the Taft Street location July 11 is made possible by support from Humana, and the program at the Allied Family Center on July 12 is sponsored by WPS Health Insurance and ProAssurance.

Wisconsin Medical Society members Danielle Gindlesberger, MD, and F. Bradford Meyers, MD, both family medicine physicians with Dean Clinic, will welcome about 230 children to the event and provide them with a “prescription” for a healthy life. Doctors Gindlesberger and Meyers and dozens of other volunteers will add their voices to the important work of reversing the childhood obesity epidemic as they lead the children in learning activities and fun exercises from 1 to 4 p.m. both days.

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation was chartered in 1955 as a charitable organization that works to advance the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting medical and health education and statewide public health initiatives.

With about 12,000 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.