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����Meyor She eWecke <br /> NEWS RELEASE <br /> For Immediate Release Date: April 5, 2006 <br /> Contact: Susan Wallace, 574.235.9216 <br /> City to Launch Wellness Initiative <br /> South Bend, Indiana — As part of its commitment to help its employees and our <br /> community improve our health and fitness, the City of South Bend will kick off its <br /> Healthy City Wellness Initiative on Monday, April 10, from 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m., at the <br /> O'Brien Fitness Center, 321 East Walter Street. The City will be offering free health <br /> screenings to all its employees, and Mayor Steve Luecke will kick off the campaign with <br /> his initial health screening at 5:00 p.m. Screenings will be conducted by On-Site Health <br /> Solutions, and will test for Total Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol (Good Cholesterol), LDL <br /> Cholesterol (Bad Cholesterol), Cholesterol Ratio, Triglycerides (Fatty Acids), and Glucose <br /> (Blood Sugar). Screenings are voluntary and completely confidential, and offer <br /> employees tools and incentives to increase their physical health and quality of life, while <br /> reducing healthcare costs. At-risk employees will receive a wellness plan with steps <br /> they can take to improve their health, and On-Site Health Solutions will offer employees <br /> free monthly follow-up to help them reach their wellness goals. <br /> Mayor Luecke encourages everyone in the community to begin taking proactive <br /> steps to improve their health. A healthy population helps to build a 21St Century City, <br /> by increasing quality of life and lowering healthcare costs to residents and businesses. <br /> Indiana currently ranks 9th overall in the nation in obesity among our population. <br /> Further, the number of obese children in the U.S. has almost doubled in less than two <br /> decades, and more than 50% of all Americans have high cholesterol. <br /> - more - <br />