The Norwalk Hospital Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from First County Bank Foundation to support Project L.E.A.N. (Learning with Energy from Activity and Nutrition), an innovative, school-based program that teaches children the importance of exercising and eating healthful foods.
Created in 2010 through a collaborative partnership between Norwalk Hospital, Pepperidge Farm and the Norwalk Health Department, Project L.E.A.N. aims to improve the overall health of Norwalk students by teaching them lifelong habits of eating well and exercising often.
This is the fifth consecutive year that First County Bank Foundation has supported Norwalk Hospital’s involvement in Project L.E.A.N., which has proven successful in reducing obesity rates among student participants.
The grant will help fund the efforts of two registered dietitians from Norwalk Hospital to engage students through hands-on nutrition education, physical activity, gardening and cooking. Other Project L.E.A.N. activities include “Breakfast Boot Camp,” for which children can choose to arrive at school early for exercise and a nutritious breakfast, as well as monthly events to encourage parent involvement.
“The First County Bank Foundation is proud to once again support the health and nutrition of Norwalk’s children through Project L.E.A.N.,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank and president of the First County Bank Foundation. “By teaching children how to live a healthy lifestyle, we help to support a healthy community and health-conscious families.”
Project L.E.A.N. started as a pilot program with second graders at Jefferson Science Magnet School, Norwalk’s largest elementary school, and later expanded over the next five years to include its third and fourth grades. Now in its sixth year, Project L.E.A.N. now includes five Norwalk elementary schools. Registered dietitians from Norwalk Hospital teach grades two through four in both Jefferson and Kendall Elementary School, Norwalk’s second largest elementary school.
Childhood obesity poses a significant public health challenge in Norwalk and throughout the United States. During the 2012-2013 school year, obesity rates of public school students in Norwalk were higher than state and national averages.
About Western Connecticut Health Network
Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization is anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the three hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes numerous medical practices and sub-specialties across the region, home health care services, a nationally renowned biomedical research institute, the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, the Norwalk Hospital Foundation and other affiliates.
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About First County Bank Foundation
Established in 2001 in honor of the bank’s 150th anniversary, First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development for children and families. As a mutual bank with no shareholders, First County Bank considers contributions made by the foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves.
About First County BankHeadquartered in Stamford, Conn., for more than 163 years, First County Bank, an independent, mutual community bank with 15 branches in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport, offers deposit products, mortgages, trust and investment services, business banking services and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees and assets in excess of $1.4 billion. For additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com/firstcountyadvisors and www.firstcountybank.com. Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank. Follow it on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/firstcountybank or look for First County Bank on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/920207.