The Wisconsin Hospital Association Foundation, Inc. has recognized the combined effort of the Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) Foundation, CCH dieticians and educators, the Columbus and Fall River School Districts, UW Department of Nutritional Sciences and Food Sciences students, and the Step Sisters – a local ladies group –to end the trend of childhood obesity in the Columbus and Fall River communities and motivate middle school students in making educated choices regarding nutrition and physical activity.

The WHA Foundation’s 2014 Global Vision Community Partnership Award was presented to the Columbus Community Hospital and Columbus Community Hospital Foundation on Oct. 22, 2013 for providing the Live-It! Pre-teen Nutrition Program for middle school students within the health classes at Columbus and Fall River Schools, St. Jerome Catholic School, and Zion Lutheran School.

This annual competitive grant award is presented to a community health initiative that successfully addresses a documented community health need. The award, launched by the WHA Foundation, Inc. in 1995, seeks to recognize and support ongoing projects that support improving the community’s health. Columbus Community Hospital is the 38th hospital to receive the Global Vision Community Partnership Award.

CCH began offering the Live It! Program in 2012 through a Wisconsin Office of Rural Health 2012-2013 FLEX Grant. The program is based upon the fact that healthy eating and regular physical activity can lower the risk of becoming obese and improve one’s wellness.

Live It, which aims to motivate students to make nutrient-rich food choices while emphasizing the importance of physical activity, has continued as a result of community donations, a commitment from CCH to provide the education, and cooperation from school administration to allow students to participate during school hours.

"Whether it was information about proper nutrition, how to read labels, or great ways to get out and exercise, the students are bringing that knowledge home with them and applying it to everyday living," said Emily Dilley, CCH Foundation Executive Director. "This gives them the power to make life-changing, healthy choices at an early age that they can continue throughout their lives."

The physical activity lessons are taught by CCH’s Education Manager, while the nutrition lessons are instructed by Columbus Community Hospital Dietitian Staff or UW Dietetic Students.

"Funding for the program, which costs about $30,000 annually to run, is provided by Columbus Community Hospital as well as proceeds of the Betty Becker Memorial Walk/Run - organized by the Step Sisters, and private donations from businesses, services clubs and community members," said Dilley.

WHA Foundation Director Jennifer Frank says the Global Vision Award submissions received by the WHA Foundation each year are wonderful examples of the types of projects that Wisconsin hospitals sponsor regularly, which are designed to address a documented need and improve the overall health status of their communities.

For more information regarding making a donation to the Live It Program at Columbus Community Hospital call the CCH Foundation at 920-623-1370 or by email at edilley@cch-inc.com

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Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death among women in the United States. 

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer and about 1 in 36 women will die from breast cancer. Breast cancer is associated with increased age, obesity, alcohol use and hereditary factors. Since 1990, breast cancer death rates have declined progressively due to advancements in treatment and detection. 

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The Volunteers of Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) approved at a meeting Jan. 26 to donate $5,000 to the Columbus Community Hospital Live It! Real Life Nutrition Program for Teens. Live It, which aims to motivate students to make nutrient-rich food choices while emphasizing the importance of physical activity, has continued as a result of community donations, a commitment from CCH to provide the education, and cooperation from school administration to allow students to participate during school hours.

“Whether it was information about proper nutrition, how to read labels, or great ways to get out and exercise, the students are bringing that knowledge home with them and applying it to everyday living,” said Emily Dilley, CCH Foundation Executive Director. “This gives them the power to make life-changing, healthy choices at an early age that they can continue throughout their lives.”

The physical activity lessons are taught by CCH’s Education Manager, while the nutrition lessons are instructed by Columbus Community Hospital Dietitian Staff or UW Dietetic Students.

“Funding for the program, which costs about $30,000 annually to run, is provided by Columbus Community Hospital as well as proceeds of the Betty Becker Memorial Walk/Run - organized by the Step Sisters, and private donations from businesses, services clubs and community members,” said Dilley.

For more information regarding becoming a member of the Volunteers of Columbus Community Hospital, contact Patti at 920-623-1280 or pwalker@cch-inc.com.

What do Pardeeville, Marshall, Rio, Columbus and Cambria-Friesland High Schools all have in common? A group of dedicated athletes who have made a commitment to give back to the community through raising funds for breast cancer patients and spreading the word about early detection and leading a healthy lifestyle to aid in prevention.

 

Volley for a Cause games, sponsored by Columbus Community Hospital, kicks off Sept. 29 at Pardeeville High School. Games will continue through the month of October at Marshall (Oct. 6), Rio (Oct. 8), Columbus (Oct. 15), and Cambria-Friesland (Oct. 15) High Schools. Volleyball players at each school are pitching in to sell team custom designed t-shirts and raffle tickets, as well as organizing other activities for the upcoming “pink” games. Funds will be used by the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation for education and support for women with breast disease through the Columbus Community Hospital Breast Health Program, after-care kits for biopsy and mastectomy patients, patient support kits for newly diagnosed patients, and mammography education and after-care kits. A donation will also be made to the Pink Ribbon Angels to provide mammograms and support for women in Columbia County who are unable to pay for the service.

Last year the pink volley events raised $9,924, funds which are being used today for breast cancer patients through the Breast Health Patient Navigator at Columbus Community Hospital and the Pink Ribbon Angels and to aid in educating the communities about breast cancer.

This marks the fifth year that the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation has reached out to the athletes. Those purchasing raffle tickets have the opportunity to win $1,000 cash, a GoPro, NFL Packer items, UW Badger autographed items, golf passes, gift certificates, and more! Tickets may be purchased in advance or at each of the events. The drawing will be held Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. at Columbus High School.

 

“If you are unable to make it to one of the pink games, you still have the opportunity to participate by purchasing raffle tickets from one of the volleyball team members or by stopping by Columbus Community Hospital. You can also purchase apparel, each school designs their own apparel to be worn at their pink out night and throughout the month of October,” said Emily Dilley, Executive Director of the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation. “But most importantly, we ask that pink game supporters spread the word about early detection of breast cancer by having a mammogram and living a healthy lifestyle to aid cancer prevention.”

Columbus Community Hospital’s Medical Imaging Department offers digital mammography by appointment. For more information regarding the breast health program at Columbus Community Hospital call (920) 623-6434. For more information regarding the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation call 920-623-1370.

The 2015 Pink Game Schedule

Sept. 29 – Pardeeville (Teaming Up Against Cancer) - JV 6 p.m. Varsity 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 6 – Marshall (Pink Strong – Diggin’ For a Cure) – JV 6 p.m. Varsity 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 8 – Rio (Pink Ladies) – JV 6 p.m. Varsity 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 15 – Columbus (Fight On – Love & Volleyball) – JV- 5:15 and Varsity at 7:00pm

Oct. 15 – Cambria-Friesland (Get Your Pink On) – 7th Grade: 4pm & 8th grade to follow. JV and JV2 starting at 6 p.m. Varsity 7:30 p.m.