Spring has finally sprung!
issue introduces the new and exciting We Can!
activities happening this season across the
country including the new We Can!
City Program and regional training
We Can! City
provides opportunities for communities to sign
up as an Intensive Site or a General site, and now introduces
the We Can! City Program. The new
city program has been designed to assist towns and cities
across the United States with community-based mobilization to
prevent childhood overweight.
We Can! City pledges to offer
We Can! evidence-based obesity
prevention programs to both parents and youth in collaboration
with community-based partners. Cities will coordinate
community events including a mayoral proclamation and
distribute We Can! tips and
information to city employees.
One of the ways that
We Can! will recognize a city’s efforts is
through a specially designed road sign.
first three cities to sign up for this program are South Bend,
IN; Gary, IN; and Roswell, GA. NIH officials are presenting
the specially designed We Can! road
sign to the mayors of each of the three inaugural cities
during the We Can! regional
trainings or other local event.
National Institutes of Health developed We
Can! to bring to our communities research-based
information and strategies to teach children how to adopt
behaviors that can help them maintain a healthy weight," notes
NIH Director Elias Zerhouni, M.D. "Through the efforts of
communities like South Bend, Gary, and Roswell, we can make a
the national press release announcing the We Can!
We Can! Regional
Two We Can!
Regional Trainings, hosted by the NIH and local
We Can! community sites in Indiana
(April 30-May 1) and Georgia (May 3-4), will be attended by
more than 300 community leaders from across the United States.
inaugurate the We Can! City program
in South Bend, IN, Dr. Judy Monroe, the State Health
Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Health was present
along with Mr. Phil St. Clair, the South Bend Park
Superintendent. In Roswell, GA, Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director
of the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive &
Kidney Diseases will be joined by Mayor Jere Wood together
with other city officials.
two-day events provide a unique opportunity for attendees to
receive training from national experts on the science-based
curricula developed for youth and for parents to promote
healthy lifestyles. Because registration reached capacity
three weeks ahead of schedule, We
Can! is tracking requests for additional
training and adding interested individuals to a list to
receive the first announcements of future events. Contact us
if you would like to be included on this list.
and more communities are learning about We Can!
and the benefits of the program. With more than
190 community sites in the United States, Canada, the
Philippines, Puerto Rico, and now Nigeria, We Can!
continues to grow at an impressive rate.
a complete list of We Can! community
goal is to continue to reach even more communities with this
evidence-based program to maintain a healthy weight, and you
can help. Visit
our website to learn how easy it is to join the We
Can! movement and sign up today. The program is
flexible and can be implemented in a variety of settings.
you are already a community site, we encourage you to broaden
your involvement by championing the We Can!
program to new sites or by becoming an intensive
site. Or, perhaps the We Can! City
option is right for you. We encourage you to visit the
We Can! website and see what
category best suits your needs.
up to become a We Can! community
site or a We Can! City.
Earlier this spring,
Mutual of Omaha invited Ms. Karen Donato,
Coordinator of the NHLBI Obesity Education Initiative and
the We Can! program, to speak at a
community breakfast and introduce We
Can! to the Omaha business community. After the
breakfast, Ms. Donato attended the first session of Mutual of
Omaha’s We Can! parent
was exciting to see the program in action and how much fun
both the participants and facilitator had with it,” says Ms.
Additionally, one of the
participants said, “I heard so many people [talking] about
this not being so much a program about teaching their kids
about nutrition and fitness...but about teaching their entire
family about nutrition and fitness.”
Association of Children's Museums (ACM)
invited Ms. Donato to speak at their Good to Grow, or “G2G,”
planning meeting in February. G2G is ACM’s new
obesity-prevention campaign that will launch in May. ACM also
included a Q&A with Ms. Donato in their quarterly member
newsletter, ACM Forum. Visit the ACM website to get more
information about G2G.
American College of Sports Medicine
highlighted its support of We Can!
in the February issue of their online newsletter
for regional chapters, Get Connected.
how you can become a partner.
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