October 18, 2010

Move Over Blackhawks - There's a New Champ in Town

10-year-old Daria Twarowski Attempts to Break Own Record

The children of Washington School in Schiller Park will cheer on their fellow schoolmate, fifth-grader Daria Twarowski, during the all-school ribbon-cutting ceremony on their new Project Fit America fitness equipment.

Daria outscored 400,000 students in 40 states for the national champ position. Chicago Bulls mascot, Benny the Bull, and 200 students, teachers and community members will participate in demonstrations for each unique piece of equipment in the music-filled ceremony.

Daria Twarowski, 10, is the established national monkey bar champion, having completed 37 roundtrips in less than 30 minutes. Daria will demonstrate her winning technique at the ceremony and challenge all media members.

Washington is the ninth recipient of a grant from Loyola Gottlieb Memorial Hospital to receive the exercise and education program that teaches and promotes good health. Join us Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 2-3 p.m. for the official ribbon-cutting and exercise demonstration at Washington Elementary School, 4835 N. Michigan Ave., Schiller Park, Ill.

Project Fit America is winning the war on childhood obesity. PFA fitness tests show an average increase of 44.9% in upper body strength, 14.7% in abdominal strength and 11.2 % in cardiovascular endurance in participating students.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.