Ministry’s Community Weight Race receives $10,000 grant

(Stevens Point, WI) – In 2008 Ministry Health Care’s Community Weight Race program reached over 400 participants. Last year nearly 1,000 entered the annual health competition. On December 7 Saint Michael’s Foundation was awarded a $10,000 check from the Verizon Foundation to help meet the Community Weight Race’s growing demand. 

“This gift could not have come at a better time,” shared Traci Smet, program creator and Licensed Athletic Trainer, Ministry Sports Medicine. “As more people pay attention to obesity issues, we gain more interest and continue to expand add more services to the program.” 

Obesity is one of the top five issues identified by Portage County through the 2012 LIFE Report. As healthcare leaders in the community, Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital and Ministry Medical Group understand the importance of providing opportunities to learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle and maintain a healthy weight. 

"The Community Weight Race is an excellent example of the innovation, dedication and the impact our healthcare professionals are making in our community,” shared Angie Heuck, Foundation Director. “We are extremely humbled to accept this grant from the Verizon Foundation, a gift this size will help us reach even more people in 2014.”

The Ministry Community Weight Race, a partnership with Portage County CAN and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, is a team effort consisting of an entire community working towards the common goal of living a healthier lifestyle and losing weight as a result.
The 2014 Ministry Community Weight Race begins their seventh season on January 6. For more information visit

Other programs supported through Saint Michael’s Foundation include; Angel Fund, Breast Care Center Fund, Ministry Dental Center, Homecare/Hospice, Project Embrace™, Vetter Family Alzheimer’s Fund and others. For more information, contact Saint Michael’s Foundation

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