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SJMO Receives Funds to Prevent Childhood Obesity
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Wins Brooksie Way Minigrant
To Promote Health Of Children And Teens

Funds to Provide Scholarships for SHAPEDOWN Program to Prevent Childhood Obesity


Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) was awarded a $1,000 Brooksie Way Minigrant to provide scholarships for its SHAPEDOWN program to prevent childhood obesity.

The grant is administered under The Brooksie Way™, a program of County Your Steps (CYS), a non-profit organization that encourages children and adults to engage in more physical activity through fun activities.  It is named in memory of Brooks Stuart Patterson, son of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, chair of the minigrant program.

SHAPEDOWN is a 10-week program based on a holistic approach to weight management for children and teens ages 6-18.  Unlike a diet, SHAPEDOWN supports a gradual adoption of a moderate and healthy food intake that provides essential nutrients and leads to weight loss.  It also stresses overall fitness, including endurance, flexibility and strength.  Key components of the program are family involvement and communication.

A team of licensed health professionals, including a social worker, nutritionist and exercise specialist co-lead each class. 

For more information about the program, call SHAPEDOWN Coordinator Julie Esparsa, 248-858-2554.

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.  Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.  A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. 

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

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