Press release submitted by American Cancer Society and Casa Quad Cities|
American Cancer Society Teams with Casa Guanajuato Quad Cities to fight youth obesity
Local Events such as Relay For Life make lifesaving difference
Moline, Ill. — As part of its continuing fight against youth obesity, the American Cancer Society has awarded 30 youth obesity prevention community grants to non-profit organizations across the state, including a $17,000 grant to Casa Guanajuato Quad Cities.
The American Cancer Society grant will be used to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity to 350 youth ages 6 to 11 through the Casa Quad Cities' Niños Sanos initiative. Casa Guanajuato Quad Cities is a Family Advocacy Center that provides essential services to the growing Hispanic community across the region. Thanks to the Society grant, Casa has implemented the CATCH program (Coordinated Approach to Child Health), an evidence-based, coordinated school and after-school program designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices in elementary school aged children. The Casa Quad Cities' Niños Sanos CATCH initiatives will strive to make it abundantly clear, participation in physical activities, in combination with good nutrition, is absolutely necessary to maintain good health and prevent obesity among children.
"Obesity, physical inactivity and poor nutrition are the biggest risk factors for cancer following tobacco use," said Kathy Eagle, American Cancer Society regional board member. "Because of local events like Relay For Life and the generous support of our donors, the American Cancer Society can make a real difference here in our community."
According to the Society, obesity has now joined tobacco use as one of the most important risk factors for cancer death, with definite links to various types of cancer, including colorectal, breast, esophageal, kidney, pancreatic, stomach and liver cancer. Studies show that 50 percent of overweight children, and 70 percent of overweight adolescents, will be overweight as adults. Illinois ranks tenth highest in the United States for children aged 10 to 17 who are overweight and obese.
"Preventing cancer is infinitely better than treating it," said Dr. Michael Woods, Executive Director, Casa Quad Cities. "We are so pleased to partner with the American Cancer Society to address childhood obesity as a means of preventing cancer and other major diseases for future generations."
The American Cancer Society is providing more than $360,000 in anti-obesity community grants to 30 Illinois organizations, reaching youth and families through early childhood, after-school and other youth-serving programs throughout the state in 2013.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, an estimated 13.7 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
About the Casa Guanajuato Quad Cities
Casa employs a dynamic team of talented, hardworking, experienced and mission-driven bi-lingual leaders who are professionally and personally dedicated to the education and empowerment of the Latino and immigrant communities across the Quad Cities region. Their commitment and passion inspires participants to grow, move forward, and reach their fullest potential. The Casa staff is backed by an impressive Board of Directors – actively engaged alumni, prominent business executives, attorneys, marketing experts, family and marriage experts, state child development advocates, healthcare authorities, and technology specialists who fuel Casa's mission with a genuine commitment to the advancement of the Latino and immigrant communities across the region.