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Wellmark Foundation grant funds awarded to Siouxland District Health Department

Grant, chosen from over 130 requests, will implement new wellness policies for students through Beyond the Bell and the Sioux City CATCH Program Program

March 14, 2013

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(Sioux City, Iowa) – The Siouxland District Health Department has received a $20,000 grant from the Wellmark Foundation to implement the Sioux City CATCH Program in six Beyond the Bell afterschool programs. Grant funds will be used to train Beyond the Bell staff in CATCH program curriculum and purchase new fitness equipment for the students, with an end goal of using the research-based program to educate children on the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition.

Sioux City CATCH Program
Beyond the Bell is implementing the CATCH curriculum in the spring of 2013 at six Sioux City school locations during the after-school program. They will also incorporate the CATCH curriculum into the 2013 summer and fall Beyond the Bell programs. The children in the program will participate in one 30 minute physical activity session a minimum of 4 days per week and one nutrition education lesson one day per week. Students will complete a pre and post questionnaire to help evaluate success of the program. The overall goals of the program are to increase the children’s knowledge about healthful food selections and types of physical activity as well as support Beyond the Bell with implementation of one wellness policy/environmental change that will positively affect the health and well-being of their students.     

Grant one of only ten selected
The Wellmark Foundation is a non-profit foundation that seeks to improve the health of Iowans, South Dakotans and their communities. Through its 2012 Healthy Communities Grant Program, the Foundation received 135 grant requests seeking support for smaller community health projects. This grant award to the Siouxland District Health Department represents one of ten competitively awarded grants to establish pilot efforts or expand health initiatives throughout Iowa and South Dakota.

The Wellmark Foundation is proud to award a cumulative total of over $190,000 to these ten grant recipients to serve as catalyst funding for local health projects.

“We are pleased to award this grant to the Siouxland District Health Department,” says Matt McGarvey, director of the Wellmark Foundation. “In a time when childhood obesity has become an epidemic, the importance of instilling knowledge of physical activity and proper nutrition in our youth cannot be emphasized enough.”

About Siouxland District Health Department
Siouxland District Health Department, the public health agency for Woodbury County, is creating “A healthy community for all” by "leading a collaborative effort to build a healthier community through improved access to health services, education and disease prevention." They provide public health nursing, nutrition, laboratory, health planning and environmental services. For more information on Siouxland District Health Department visit

For more information on the Sioux City CATCH Program, contact Angela Drent, 712-279-6119, For more information regarding the Wellmark Foundation and its grant programs, visit


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