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Malone University and Aultman Hospital partner with Louisville Schools to combat childhood-adolescent obesity

August 23 | Release # 6687

The Malone University School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Departments of Exercise Science and Community Health Promotion are uniting with Aultman Hospital and the Louisville School District to launch the Aultman Ambassador Program, an intervention initiative to combat childhood / adolescent obesity.

This pilot program kicks off with the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, and will follow incoming freshmen through their senior year, incorporating healthy nutrition and exercise habits. Students are participating in the program on a volunteer basis.

Aultman Hospital staff will lead the team of health care professionals working with the students.

According to Debra Lee, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, "By working closely with students during these important years, we hope to help them develop positive eating and exercise habits that will serve them well throughout their long, healthy lives."

Lora Wyss, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing, adds, "I feel that the partnership between Aultman Hospital, Louisville High School, and Malone University is a great opportunity to share community resources and to positively impact healthy life style choices."

Aultman Health Foundation is a not-for-profit health care organization serving Stark and surrounding counties. The vertically integrated institution includes Aultman Hospital, Aultman Orrville Hospital, the locally managed health-insurance provider AultCare and the Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences. With 808 beds, 535 active physicians and a staff of nearly 5,000 employees, Aultman is Stark County's largest hospital and employer. For more information, visit www.aultman.org.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015  , and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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