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

Release Date: July 29, 2011
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is bringing together medical, nursing, pharmacy and oral hygiene students to help fight childhood obesity during a “Healthy Kids” Volunteer Day at the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County on Wednesday, August 3.

The energy-filled afternoon will feature educational presentations on health and wellness; fun activities involving music, dance, exercise and group games; and a youth march through the Bram’s Addition Neighborhood to promote awareness about health and wellness in our community.

Students from the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy and from Madison College’s Oral Hygiene Program will join Foundation staff members and volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club, 2001 Taft Street, Madison.

Wisconsin Medical Society member Kari Hegeman, MD, a pediatrician with Dean Clinic, will welcome about 100 children from 7 to 12 years old to the event. Doctor Hegeman and dozens of other volunteers will add their voices to the importance of reversing the childhood obesity epidemic as they lead the children in learning activities and fun exercises from 1 to 4 p.m.

To learn more, call Sheba McCants at the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation (608.442.3756) or e-mail sheba.mccants@wismed.org.

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

With nearly 12,500 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.