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    Mary Bridge, MultiCare Center For Healthy Living Taking on Childhood Obesity

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT:
    Todd Kelley (253) 403-1716

    (TACOMA)—Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center and the MultiCare Center For Healthy Living are part of a national effort to fight childhood obesity.

    The first annual “Together For Kids: Walk Across America” will take place on Saturday, October 25, 2008. The national goal is to get enough participants involved to walk a total of 14,911 miles, the distance it would take to link all of the “Together For Kids” member hospitals from Boston, Massachusetts to Honolulu, Hawaii. Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center is a “Together For Kids” founding member hospital.

    Locally, Tacoma Mall will be turned into a walking course and walkers will raise money for the Childhood Obesity Program at Mary Bridge by soliciting a minimum of $30 in pledges, which includes a t-shirt and a Jump rope for youth participants and a pedometer for adults. Any mall walker raising $100 or more in pledges by October 25 will be awarded an iPod Shuffle.

    One of the primary goals of “Together For Kids” is to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity through programs, counseling and events. The “Walk Across America” event is an opportunity to get children and adults together, contribute to the mileage goal and help fight childhood obesity in their own community.

    “The more mall walkers we have, the more miles we can log and the more money we can raise to fight childhood obesity,” said Michael Shields, Director of Special Events and Corporate Relations for MultiCare. “This is a great, indoor family event where everyone wins.”

    Registration for the event begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 25 in Tacoma Mall’s concourse outside JC Penney. The walk begins at 8 a.m. and will end at 10 a.m. In addition to the mall walk, the Mary Bridge Center For Childhood Safety will be selling and fitting discounted bike and sport helmets; Barrel No. 51 will be selling barbeque sauces and rubs with 100% of the purchases benefiting Mary Bridge; and the YMCA of Tacoma-Pierce County and the MultiCare Center For Health Living will host booths focused on providing information about exercise and good nutrition.

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    About “Together For Kids”
    Established in 2006, Together for Kids is a national, not-for-profit alliance made up of 34 children’s hospitals and hospital systems, representing 53 individual facilities in 47 U.S. cities, all dedicated to building a healthier future for America’s children.

    MultiCare is a leading-edge, integrated health organization made up of four hospitals, numerous primary care and urgent care clinics, multi-specialty centers, Hospice and Home Health services, and many other services. A not-for-profit organization based in Tacoma, Washington since 1882, MultiCare has grown over the years in response to community needs. Today we are the area's largest provider of health care services, serving patients at 93 locations in Pierce, South King, Kitsap and Thurston counties.

    Posted on Oct 13, 2008 in