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27 August 2013

Cambia Health Foundation Grant Helps Treasure Valley YMCA Advance Programs to Combat Childhood Obesity

Programs with a successful track record get a boost with $37,582 foundation grant

Samantha Meese
BOISE, Idaho – Cambia Health Foundation is awarding the Treasure Valley YMCA with $37,582 to strengthen their ground-breaking childhood obesity prevention programs that benefit children and families in Idaho.
Cambia Health Foundation board member Scott Kreiling will present the check on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 9 a.m. at the YMCA offices at 1177 W. State Street in Boise.
“At Cambia Health Foundation we are honored to be giving this well-deserved money to the Treasure Valley YMCA,” said Kreiling. “The two programs that were awarded funding have achieved successful results when it comes to combating childhood obesity and unhealthy lifestyles. We support their invaluable commitment and efforts to improve the lives of young people in our communities.”
The Cambia Health Foundation’s grant will help strengthen and expand two programs: Youth Engaged in Activities for Health (YEAH!) and Salsa, Sabor y Salud, each designed to teach children between the ages of five and 18, as well as their families, how to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors like good nutrition and exercise.

  • YEAH! is a collaborative project between the YMCA and St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital that works with overweight children, their pediatricians, nutritionists and exercise physiologists to learn the importance of physical activity. 

  • The Salad, Sabor and Salsa program is a nationally recognized program that teaches Hispanic children and their families about healthy eating choices and how to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.

“There is a real need in Idaho for these types of programs.  For the first time in history, it is said that children will live less healthy lives and possibly shorter lives than their parents because of chronic diseases and obesity.  We are working to combat these issues now and teach our children how to be healthy adults,” said Jim Everett, CEO of the Treasure Valley YMCA.
Childhood obesity affects 27.5 percent of Idaho’s children. According to the 2011-2012 Idaho third grade body mass index assessment and the 2011 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey, there are an estimated 6,200 or 29 percent overweight or obese third graders and 17,700 or 23 percent of overweight or obese high school student in grades nine through 12 in Idaho.
Diabetes is a problem that significantly affects the lives of both children and their parents.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.  Healthcare spending in 2007--for people with diabetes-- was more than double, 2.3 times higher, what spending would have been without diabetes.  Mexican Americans are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with diabetes by a physician.  This population has higher rates of end-stage renal disease and 50 percent more likely to die from diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.
“The statistics are there and the numbers prove we have a problem. We recognize that problem and we are working to fix it. With grant money like this from Cambia Health Foundation, we can keep our programs moving forward and we can continue to work and fix these very important issues that face our children today,” said Everett.
About Cambia Health Foundation
Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to transforming the way people experience the health care system. A 501(c)3 grantmaking organization, the Foundation partners with organizations to create a more person-focused and economically sustainable health care system. Through its recently launched children’s health program area, the Foundation seeks to partner with community and school-based organizations that are pursuing holistic, integrated approaches to addressing children’s health issues. For more information, visit or
About Treasure Valley YMCA
The Treasure Valley Family YMCA (Y) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to strengthen the foundation of our community by developing successful youth, engaging people in healthy living, and instilling a commitment to social responsibility. We provide support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow, and thrive.  Learn more at
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