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Medical, nursing and pharmacy students team up with Boys & Girls Clubs to fight obesity

Release Date: July 11, 2013
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

Milwaukee – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is bringing together a coalition of medical, nursing and pharmacy students on Thursday, July 18 to lead a variety of activities with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. The program – Prescription for a Healthy You – will be held at Camp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland from 1 to 5 p.m. Prescription for a Healthy You is made possible through support from Humana.

Children 7 to 13 years old from Waukesha and Milwaukee counties will participate in the energy-filled afternoon with activities focused on exercise, healthy eating habits, heart health and the effects of alcohol and other drugs.

Students from the Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Nursing and Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy will share their enthusiasm by leading small-group activities aimed at educating and empowering about 150 young campers to make healthy choices. The student volunteers also will encourage the children to consider careers in health care through a career exploration panel.

“I’m most excited to be part of a program that will mold future habits and interests of the children we work with,” said John Paul (JP) Wanner, a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. “My hope is that the students will see the passion that each of the volunteers has for medicine and that this will help drive an internal curiosity that will lead them to a career in medicine or at least a desire to understand and take control of their own health.”

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 more than 12,200 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.