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City part of an effort to reduce child obesity

January 25, 2013

Members of the Winning With Wellness initiative in Adams County include, from left, seated, Mayor John Schultz, Dr. Michael Alter, Chris Krull and Kim Fullove; in rear, Erin Ripley, Kelly Sickafoose, Kris Bischoff, Nancy Manuel, Deb Mishler, Sarah Conrad and Heidi Schoeneman. Not pictured: Beth Ralston, Diana Macklin, Susan Sefton, Jeff Brown, Alexa Markley and Amanda Heiser. (Photo provided)

    Nancy Manuel, Health and Human Sciences Educator with Purdue Extension, and Deb Mischler, Family Nutrition Program Assistant in Decatur, appeared at the Adams County Commissioners meeting this week to discuss some plans they have to help reduce childhood (and hopefully lifelong) obesity in Adams County.
    According to Manuel and Mischler, the US Department of Agriculture has funded the AFRI (Agriculture and Research Food Initiative) grant, which allots $5,000 a year for four years to two rural counties in each state in the United States. The grant money is to be used toward research, programs, and events to help reduce childhood obesity in these counties.
    Adams County was one of those chosen.
    Manuel reported that, based on parent, community, and neighborhood assessments, Decatur will be the target community and four-year-olds the targeted demographic for the grant. The plan is to have events that four-year-olds will come to with their parents, and both parents and children will learn about proper nutrition and exercise.
    Manuel and Mischler also announced that there will be a free informative What's Up with Wellness luncheon at which information will be provided about the anti-obesity program. It will be held next Wednesday, January 30, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Decatur Room 2 at the hospital and is open to the public.
    Community leaders will be present to discuss the state of health and wellness in the county, and there will be a collaborative brainstorming session on how to promote wellness in Adams County.
    Those who wish to attend the luncheon should contact Kim Fullove at, or call the Muselman Wellness Pavilion in Berne(589-4496) or the Worthman Fitness Center at Adams Memorial (724-2145) today.

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