Published on May 28, 2014

Genesis Philanthropy kicks off Metabolic Syndrome initiative on Thursday

Genesis Philanthropy will kick off its MetS Initiative on Thursday, May 29 at 6 p.m. in the Adler Health Education Center, located in the lower level of the Genesis Heart Institute, 1236 E. Rusholme St., Davenport.

Sixty-nine individuals were selected to participate in this inaugural session designed to reduce the risk factors of Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) within the community.  All participants received a biometric screening and will complete a 10-week behavioral health program to learn better eating habits. A follow-up screening will be conducted in August.

MetS is a clustering of five risk factors related to glucose, triglycerides, blood pressure, HDL cholesterol, and waist circumference. Those who have three or more of the measures out of range are much more susceptible to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.

The kick-off will feature several speakers, including: Jim Victor, the Genesis Philanthropy Board Chairman; and Iowa Hawkeye Legend Chuck Long, the MetS Initiative Spokesman.

Program participants will be part of Naturally Slim, a Clinical Wellness Program based in Dallas, Texas. Since its founding in 1977, Naturally Slim has helped tens of thousands of people successfully fulfill their dream of lasting weight loss with the added benefit of reducing their risk factors of MetS.

Hundreds of Genesis Health System employees also have improved their MetS risk factors while helping stabilize health insurance costs through their use of the Naturally Slim program. Genesis and its employees have saved more than $50 million since first implementing the program in 2009.

Genesis Philanthropy leverages the power of philanthropy throughout the region to take the next step in the health care revolution, moving from caring for sick people to improving the health and wellness of the community. Philanthropists, foundations and corporations are catalysts in this quest via their investment in Genesis Philanthropy, a new fundraising and grants-making arm devoted entirely to population health initiatives. To learn more about the regional impact of a charitable investment in Genesis Philanthropy, contact Missy Gowey, Executive Director, 563-421-6872.

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