WakeMed News Releases

February 17, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. (February 17, 2012) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals is pleased to bring ENERGIZE!, a program dedicated to helping kids ages six to 18 reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, to Lincoln Heights Elementary School in Fuquay-Varina. This new offering is a result of a collaboration between the YMCA of the Triangle, community organizations, and families interested in helping children get moving and develop healthy food habits.

This is the first ENERGIZE! program to be held in a Wake County Public School and is the first to involve both children and their families in every session. Typically, the program is held at a YMCA - children attend the classes and the adults take advantage of a complimentary YMCA membership. However, during this specific program, children and parents will participate in the nutrition and exercise classes together. There is a family component once a week at the typical program, but this new offering will involve the whole family at each session.

“Seeds for the collaboration were planted during a conversation with a school nurse based in Fuquay-Varina who was concerned about the high poverty in the area coupled with the barriers to health care,” commented Julie Paul, coordinator of the WakeMed ENERGIZE! Program. “We are very excited to be a part of building a healthier community.”

Community organizations assisting with the Fuquay-Varina-based ENERGIZE! include the St. Bernadette health clinic, where children can receive base-line clinical results. Local grocery stores will also be tapped for tours and there are plans to do a hands on food preparation lesson.

Local physicians and school nurses will recruit eligible ENERGIZE! participants. The program can enroll up to 25 families. To learn more, please call Julie Paul at 919-350-7594.

The Fuquay-Varina ENERGIZE! program is made possible by donations from the 2011 St. Timothy’s Spring Sprint.

ENERGIZE!, a program developed by WakeMed Children's Diabetes & Endocrinology Program, is designed to teach at-risk young people ages 6 to 18 how to build lifelong, healthy attitudes about food and fitness. Children are enrolled in the program if they have elevated blood glucose or metabolic syndrome, indicating high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The children participate in a 12-week, 3-night-a-week, community-based intensive education and lifestyle change program with lessons in nutrition, physical fitness, and behavior change. To date, more than 500 children have completed the program. ENERGIZE! is a program provided by WakeMed, is free for participants, and has been particularly successful reaching the un- and under-insured children in the region.

About one in every 400 children and adolescents has diabetes in the US, according to the American Diabetes Association. It is particularly prevalent in the African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian American populations. Exercise and healthy eating habits can ultimately prevent progression to type 2 diabetes.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,750 employees, 1,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.


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