NORWALK, Connecticut – September 22, 2016 – For the sixth consecutive year, First County Bank Foundation has supported the Norwalk Hospital Foundation’s involvement in Project L.E.A.N. (Learning with Energy from Activity and Nutrition), a school-based program dedicated to educating kids about healthy eating habits and the benefits of exercise.
Project L.E.A.N. aims to improve the health of Norwalk students by teaching them lifelong habits of eating well and exercising often. Childhood obesity poses a significant public health challenge in Norwalk and throughout the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Project L.E.A.N. has proven successful in reducing obesity rates among student participants.
“First County Bank Foundation is pleased to continue its support of Project L.E.A.N. and to further our relationship with the Norwalk Hospital Foundation,” said Rey Giallongo, Chairman and CEO, First County Bank; President, First County Bank Foundation.
The grant will help fund the efforts of Norwalk Hospital Registered Dietitians who engage students through nutrition education, gardening, cooking and exercise seminars, and empowering kids to make better food choices.
“We appreciate the continued support from the First County Bank Foundation for Project L.E.A.N. Together, we are making a positive difference in the lives of children and the greater Norwalk community,” said Brian Porter, Director, Corporate Partnerships, Norwalk Hospital Foundation.
Caitlin Rohrmann is the Assistant Director, Food & Nutrition Services at Norwalk Hospital. She has been involved with Project L.E.A.N. since its inception and looks forward to the teamwork that will help expand the program this coming year.
“Teaching children to develop good eating habits early leads to lifelong benefits. Seeing families work together to develop healthier lifestyles is what makes this program so successful. It is incredible to see how the program has become a part of the culture of the schools we work with,” said Rohrmann.