Guthrie's Corning Hospital and Corning-Painted Post School District Receive $11,000 to Expand Program Against Childhood Obesity

Corning, NY – Corning Incorporated and UnitedHealthcare have committed $5,500 each to Guthrie's Corning Hospital's Fit and Strong Together (FAST) committee to expand the PE4Life program offered at the Corning-Painted Post School District.

PE4Life was piloted last school year in the second-grades of three of the Corning-Painted Post School District's elementary schools. This funding will allow the program to expand to three additional elementary schools in the district.

Guthrie's Corning Hospital FAST committee brings together nonprofit, public and private sector organizations to explore ways in which they can work together to address childhood obesity. Established in late 2009, FAST includes representatives from Guthrie's Corning Hospital, Guthrie Clinic and Guthrie Healthcare System, the Corning-Painted Post School District, Corning Community YMCA, HealthWorks, Steuben County Public Health, as well as other organizations and interested community members.

“Tackling childhood obesity is a priority. Expanding PE4Life to three additional schools helps more of the region's children address this serious issue through education, encouragement and enjoyable activities,” states Shirley Magaña, Corning Hospital president who co-chairs FAST with John Van Zanten, Corning Hospital board member.

The primary focus of FAST for the past year has been to bring the physical fitness concepts developed by PE4Life ( into local schools. A PE4Life class is unlike traditional physical education classes. This program supports getting children active and healthy by engaging them through fun and interactive physical activity geared toward improving their individual levels of fitness. The PE4Life program uses age-appropriate heart rate monitors to help children understand the direct effect of various types and intensities of physical activity on their bodies. This self-knowledge helps children maximize the health benefits of physical activity.

Corning Incorporated ( is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

Guthrie Health is a community-based, not-for-profit health care system jointly formed by Guthrie Healthcare System (GHS) and Guthrie Clinic, also not-for-profit health care organizations. GHS provides inpatient, outpatient and home-based services through Corning Hospital, Troy Community Hospital, Robert Packer Hospital, and Guthrie Home Care and Guthrie Hospice. Guthrie Clinic provides primary and specialty physician services at 25 regional clinics. Guthrie Health provides care for 200,000 patients annually within its eleven-county area service area across the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York.