(Calvo’s SelectCare) – Calvo’s SelectCare Health Plan is the first contributor to join a new consortium to fight childhood obesity in Guam. The consortium funds the printing of two storybooks created locally to encourage children to exercise regularly and eat right – – healthy habits that help prevent obesity.
The books are written by Frances Baumann, who also heads a local advertising agency. They feature colorful illustrations by artists, Ariel Dimalanta and Stephanie Librando, page layouts by Vanessa Bautista, read-along audio by radio professional Ray Gibson, and sing-along jump rope songs performed by Ernest Ochoco and Alyssa Valdez.
Titled Ramon on the Phone and Midge at the Fridge, the books appeal to young readers four to ten years old. They will be published together as a set, and about 1,000 sets will be distributed to private and public elementary schools for the upcoming school year.
Calvo’s SelectCare is donating $20,000 to the consortium, according to Frank Campillo, health plan administrator.
“We’re pleased to be part of this project which promotes wellness and healthy lifestyle habits among children throughout Guam,” says Campillo. “Childhood obesity is reaching epidemic rates on our island, and we are supportive of initiatives that could help reverse this trend. These storybooks are a great way to make children aware of the significance of staying fit and avoiding unhealthy foods.”
According to Baumann, studies confirm that about 70 percent of obese children become obese adults; and obese adults face many serious health problems such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension, depression and heart disease.
“I’m grateful for the generous donation of $20,000 from Calvo’s SelectCare to start the consortium. And, I hope other community-minded companies join the consortium so we can make the books available to a substantial number of children,” says Baumann.
Calvo’s SelectCare Health Plan is underwritten by Tokio Marine Pacific, and it is administered by Calvo’s Insurance Underwriters. Calvo’s Insurance is celebrating 80 years of providing services to the people of Guam and Micronesia.