Nov. 9, 2000
Wyoming, Montana and Idaho join in Wellness in the Rockies project
The University of Wyoming has received a $4.375 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to launch a health-improvement project, WIN the Rockies. The name is a conflation of Wellness in the Rockies.
WIN the Rockies is a four-year effort to enhance people's well-being by improving their approaches to food, exercise and body image. Communities will receive help in building ways to foster and sustain these changes.
The project will involve Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, their land-grant institutions, Cooperative Extension Services, other state organizations and community groups, and the WWAMI medical education programs in the three states.
The goal is to reverse the rise in obesity by focusing positively on prevention and healthy habits, rather than on weight control. In addition to serving the general population, the project will reach out to youth, people with limited resources, and heavy adults.
The project director and co-principal investigator is Sylvia Moore, director of the Division of Medical Education and Public Health in the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences. Moore is also an assistant dean of the University of Washington School of Medicine, director of the Wyoming WWAMI program and director of the Wyoming Area Health Education Center. She is a registered dietitian and a national expert on teaching nutrition.
Among the Idaho and Montana collaborators are the directors of the WWAMI programs at Montana State University and University of Idaho, Stephen Guggenheim and Mike Laskowski, respectively. They and others will oversee their own state's activities and will help plan, conduct and evaluate the three-state project.
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