October 1, 2013

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland’s Healthy Eating, Active Living initiative highlighted on Cleveland public radio

Cleveland public radio’s weekly “Be Well” segment on WCPN 90.3 recently featured work the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is doing in its Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) initiative in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood. Morning Edition Host Rick Jackson and ideastream reporter Sarah Jane Tribble talked about the obesity epidemic in children and highlighted some of the programs the foundation funds for healthy snacks and children’s activities in the Central neighborhood. Foundation Program Officer Teleange Thomas was also interviewed for the piece.

In speaking about the foundation’s HEAL initiative during the broadcast, Tribble said, “The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has been handing out small grants for the past five years. The grants don't get a lot of attention because they are small and go to small nonprofit groups. But they fund things like healthy snacks for kids after school and ballet for little ones. The kind of activities that help kids not get severely obese. I couldn't stop smiling last week after talking with Teleange Thomas. She's the program officer for health at the foundation and she explains that the foundation is really trying to ‘cultivate a culture of health’ in a neighborhood that has more than its share of struggles.”

During the broadcast, Thomas said, “So that just like having a sound roof over your head and stable job are a priority, having a healthy, stable family are also a priority and something that's achievable.”

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

To listen to the segment, “Calling children ‘severely obese’ and what that means,” click here:SOCF Cleveland public radio segment.mp3 (1.23 mb)

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