Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation was one of seven
local nonprofit organizations awarded a grant by the Climax Area Community
Investment Fund on May 3. The fund supports programs and projects that
promote health and wellness.
The $41,500 grant will support a unique partnership between Heart of the
Rockies Regional Medical Center in Chaffee County and St. Vincent Hospital
in Lake County to implement the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP),
a nationally recognized diabetes prevention program. Education and improved
access to quality health care can help individuals at risk for diabetes.
The funds will also be used to increase the availability of fitness, nutrition
and other health education in the region.
“The National Diabetes Prevention Program is the most effective intervention
for lifestyle change that I've seen in my 20-year career,” said
HRRMC Wellness Supervisor Jon Fritz. The group class is led by a trained
coach and encourages increased activity and decreased caloric intake.
“The answers are simple but the process is challenging and that's
why trained coaches follow an evidence-based curriculum which has proven
Chaffee County has had an NDPP program since 2013. Lake County and St.
Vincent Hospital have identified diabetes prevention as a focus in their
community. HRRMC will offer assistance in starting an NDPP program while
expanding classes throughout Chaffee County.
HRRMC Foundation Director Kimla Robinson accepted the award along with
Fritz on behalf of the hospital. “We are so honored to receive the
Freeport-McMoRan Climax Area Community Investment Fund Grant and partner
with St. Vincent Hospital to implement a diabetes prevention program,” she said.
The Climax Area Community Investment Fund was established in 2011 to focus
on programs and projects that help create sustainability and reduce dependency
on any single industry. Eligible programs and projects include those in
the areas of education, community and economic development, environmental
stewardship, and health and wellness. A committee comprised of community
leaders representing diverse organizations and two Freeport-McMoRan representatives
governs the Fund.
For more information on the NDPP program, call the HRRMC Wellness Department