Published on July 19, 2022

Grant Supports Clare County 6th Grade Students 

The Clare County Community Foundation has awarded a $12,000 grant from the John A. and Audrey Brown Memorial Endowment Fund to the MyMichigan Health Foundation to support the Risk Reduction Education for Diabetes, Heart Disease and Obesity Prevention in Youth Program. 

This important educational program targets 6th grade students and includes topics about healthy nutrition, increasing physical activity and other lifestyle behavior modifications. Working in collaboration with middle school science teachers, Jeri Brown, MyMichigan Health registered nurse and certified diabetes care and education specialist (CDCES), conducts classroom sessions utilizing engaging nutrition information and providing healthy snack options. 

“Using a curriculum developed by the USDA, I provide hands-on education to empower youth to make healthy food and activity choices,” said Brown. “The students are challenged to make small changes, such as drinking more water, consuming more fruits and vegetables or increasing physical activity. These small, but impactful choices can lead to a healthy lifestyle that lasts into adulthood.” 

“The Risk Reduction program reaches approximately 300 students each school year and indirectly impacts the students’ households,” said Erin White, manager of the Diabetes Center for MyMichigan Health. “We aim to reduce the incidence of obesity and other chronic diseases by educating students about healthy lifestyle choices.” 

Those interested in more information on MyMichigan’s diabetes programs may visit

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