Evansville, IN (PRWEB) February 08, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States over the past twenty years; roughly 33% of adults in the U.S. are obese. A nationwide poll conducted in 2011 by the Gallup Group found that 37.8% of Evansville, Indiana residents were considered obese; this is was the highest percentage in the nation.
The HEALTHY BODIES, HEALTHY MINDS program builds off of the successful reading program, Score With The Aces, also created by a collaboration between ProRehab and the University of Evansville that has been administered through the Aces Soccer Camp. The HEALTHY BODIES, HEALTHY MINDS program fits into school wellness programming and creates a user-friendly approach for teaching healthy lifestyle strategies to elementary school students.
The program launched on February 1, 2012 and will run through April 15, 2012. Students are rewarded for reaching daily goals that related to diet, exercise, and reading. Meeting specific goals will offer unique prizes: members of the Aces will come into the classroom to discuss good lifestyle habits; students will receive HEALTHY BODIES, HEALTHY MINDS t-shirts; and students will have the opportunity to participate in healthy lifestyle activities with Aces players and staff at their respective schools.
“Stressing the HEALTHY BODIES, HEALTHY MINDS concept will encourage good lifestyle habits now and in the future,” states Andrea Baumann, ProRehab Physical Therapist and co-owner. “ProRehab is extremely proud to have a hand in helping out the community. This local initiative is not only addressing issues in Evansville, but we hope it can be replicated in other locations throughout the U.S.”
ProRehab is a private physical therapy practice with locations in Evansville, southwest Indiana and western Kentucky. Known for teaching and training physical therapists throughout the region, ProRehab physical therapists are proud that patients ask their doctors to send them to ProRehab for orthopaedic care. They deliver hands-on physical and occupational therapy based on the newest research to achieve the best results for patients with bad backs, achy joints, wounded hands, and sports and work injuries. Along the way, the ProRehab family has fun and makes friends with their patients; patients are actually sad to leave after their treatment is over! Find ProRehab on Facebook, @ProRehab on Twitter, and FourSquare.