Genesis Expands Successful Metabolic Syndrome

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Initiative throughout the Region Sept. 2, 2014 – A pilot program for 69 individuals resulting in a collective 700-pound weight loss and reductions in blood pressure and diabetes medications is being expanded throughout the region.

The first cohort for the Genesis Philanthropy Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) initiative in the Quad Cities successfully completed the 10-week program in July.

Now, the DeWitt Community Hospital Foundation, and the Mercer Foundation for Health, Genesis Philanthropy (GP) Affiliates, will offer the same health program to a select number of people.

MetS is a clustering of risk factors known to be pre-cursors to costly medical conditions such as Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Based on the success of the pilot program, the Mercer Foundation for Health will provide the Naturally Slim® program, a major component of the MetS initiative, to as many as 40 participants in our county beginning the week of Oct.13. Pre and post initiative health assessments are included in the program all at no cost to participants.

The value of the program for each participant is $500.

Applications for the program are being accepted through Sept. 15 at Priority consideration will be given to individuals who can demonstrate clinical and financial need.

Naturally Slim® is a Clinical Wellness Program (CWP) based in Dallas, Texas. Since its founding in 1977, Naturally Slim, Inc.® has helped tens of thousands of people successfully fulfill their dream of lasting weight loss with the added benefit of reducing risk factors of MetS.

“We’re excited to offer innovative programs, like the MetS initiative, in our community. This program may prevent future incidences of diabetes and heart disease,’’ said John Malone, president, Mercer Foundation for Health.

Spokesperson for the MetS initiative is former University of Iowa and National Football League quarterback Chuck Long.

MetS initiative participants will receive screenings to evaluate their risk of metabolic syndrome.

If participants are found to be at risk of metabolic syndrome, they will be able to participate in the 10-week Naturally Slim® program by accessing a web site.

The DeWitt Foundation and Mercer Foundation for Health will join the Genesis Health Services Foundation in addressing metabolic syndrome in the region for the next five years via the MetS initiative and by offering Naturally Slim® classes.

Genesis Philanthropy leverages the power of philanthropy throughout our region to take the next step in the health care revolution, moving from caring for sick people to improving the health and wellness of the community. Philanthropists, foundations and corporations are catalysts in this quest via their investment in Genesis Philanthropy, which is devoted entirely to population health initiatives.

The first gift to Genesis Philanthropy, $1 million, established the Gene and JoAnn Waddell Regional Fund for Hospice and Cancer Care. A portion of this significant gift is providing free lung cancer low dose CT screenings throughout the region.

To learn more about the impact of a charitable investment in health care, contact a Philanthropy Affiliate:

DeWitt Community Hospital Foundation, Angela Rheingans, Director, (563) 659-4233

Mercer Foundation for Health, Shannon Ziegenhorn, Director, 309-582-9253

Genesis Health Services Foundation, Missy Gowey, Executive Director, 563-421-6865