Archive for April 20th, 2010

UPMC Health Insurance Plan will Host ‘We Can!’ Event

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

kids soccerUPMC health insurance plan is going to host a training event to teach community leaders from its surrounding region about the We Can! program.  The workshop will take place on April 27-28 at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Pittsburgh, according to UPMC press release “UPMC Health Plan to Host We Can! Regional Training Event.”  The We Can! program stands for ‘Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition’.  It was started by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  This nationwide movement of both families and communities to promote a healthy weight for children aged 8-13 is crucial right now.  We Can! entails reducing television, gaming, and computer time; eating healthier foods in appropriate quantities; and increasing kids’ physical activity.

The program will be run by representatives from the NIH.  They’ll teach community leaders about helping the children through their parents, teachers, and other members of the community.  Local Pittsburgh organizations that have already run successful We Can! programs will also speak at the event to help new communities start their own programs.  Compare health insurance companies’ community outreach and UPMC definitely is tops in their industry helping the community.  As a co-sponsor with Subway restaurants, UPMC hopes this We Can! training event will help combat childhood obesity in their community.  The NIH and UPMC health insurance plan hope that parks and recreation departments, schools and after-school programs, hospitals and other health care systems, churches, public health departments, and anyone else dealing with kids will come learn about the We Can! program.