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Tue, Mar 29th 2022 12:50 pm

“Project Power” is the initiative of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) with the aim to slow the trajectory of childhood obesity through health promotion, nutrition education, increased physical activity, and family involvement for elementary school-aged youth to help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, and the complications of diabetes. Community Bank NA has committed to support the ADA and virtual “Project Power” in the City of Buffalo.

A press release said, “Community Bank seeks to improve not only the lives of individuals and families, but also the well-being of the community, and Virtual Project Power is a perfect example.

“Through a blend of fun activities and wellness education, the ADA’s ‘Project Power,’ formerly known as ‘Power Up,’ connects and empowers youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and encourages them to develop sustainable, healthy household habits.”

This year, “Project Power” will take place during four two-week sessions in March through October. Youth participants will receive a special ADA “Project Power” box and activity journal delivered to their homes. In addition to twice a week virtual group meetings with friends and group leaders during the one-hour sessions, participants can expect:

√ Games and friendly competitions

√ Weekly social media challenges on Instagram, TikTok and Facebook

√ Family engagement activities and challenges

“Community Bank takes great pride in strengthening the communities where we live and work,” said Hal Wentworth, SVP retail banking and marketing. “We’re honored to support the ADA’s incredible initiative through virtual ‘Project Power’ that will make a lasting impact on our local youth.”

ADA Upstate NY Executive Director Jeff Collins said, “In thanks to the generous donation from Community Bank NA, the American Diabetes Association will be able to target youth aged 5-12 and their families/caregivers that are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes in the Buffalo area.”

Community Bank System Inc. operates more than 215 customer facilities across upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont and Western Massachusetts through its banking subsidiary, Community Bank NA, and has been serving its communities for more than 150 years. For more information, visit cbna.com or ir.communitybanksystem.com.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For 81 years, the ADA has driven discovery and research to treat, manage, and prevent diabetes while working relentlessly for a cure. To learn more or to get involved, visit diabetes.org or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the fight on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Spanish Facebook (Asociación Americana de la Diabetes), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).

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