Lake Norman & Mooresville

Program's aim: Healthy children

As childhood obesity continues to affect families throughout the nation and locally, Dr. Vondell Clark of Southeast Catawba Family Practice in Denver has been working on a solution.

Set to launch this fall, a program called Wellness FANs (Fitness, Awareness, Nutrition), based at Catawba Valley Medical Center, will help kids ages 3-12 learn about healthy nutrition, exercise and lifestyle choices.

The program will be housed at what is known as the Healthy House, a home on the campus of CVMC in Hickory. “The kids will explore healthy living concepts in the context of a real house,” said Clark.

The program will have dieticians and a chef, in addition to administrative staff. Clark will be the medical director.

He's spent time recently at research facilities across the state to learn about their approaches to developing healthy lifestyles among their patients. Wellness FANs will include treatment and prevention. It will serve kids who are already overweight as well as those who are at risk.

“We are developing our own materials, since the program is unique,” said Clark. “

The program is funded by the Duke Endowment and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

For more information, contact Patti Moore at 828-326-2853.