Ridgeview’s initiative to benefit area nonprofit organizations grows

Ridgeview Medical Center has provided more than $10,000 to 66 local nonprofit organizations since September 2013, when it launched a new giving initiative in partnership with DoTopia.

With goals to help improve their health while giving back to area nonprofits, hundreds of people have taken action and registered with Ridgeview’s Family Health Manager online tool and directed $15 to one nonprofit of their choice located within Ridgeview’s five-county service area.

“An increasing number of individuals and local nonprofits are benefitting from this initiative, and it’s rewarding for Ridgeview to help ‘give back’ and support those who make a difference in the lives of others in our communities,” said Robert Stevens, president and CEO, Ridgeview Medical Center.

“We are thrilled to benefit from the DoTopia initiative sponsored through Ridgeview Medical Center,” said Joel Landskroener, Executive Director, Mayer Lutheran High School. “Not only did our school raise money to help our kids, but those who participated also received suggestions that improved their health IQ and enjoyment of living. We are grateful for the opportunity to help people and to improve the quality of life in our school community.”

Individuals can take control of their health and raise money for a nonprofit

To direct a one-time $15 donation to the nonprofit of their choice, individuals are invited to:

• Create a Family Health Manager account at http://health.ridgeviewmedical.org, and

• Complete a short, online health assessment, and

• Log at least two health interests and enter an organization’s unique code when prompted (look for the list of codes, by organization name and city, on Ridgeview’s website).

Family Health Manager is a free tool available on Ridgeview’s website, designed to help adults proactively manage their health and the health of their family members. The interactive tool includes an online health assessment, through which an individual “Health Score” is generated across 10 categories—helping people identify and track progress toward health goals, connect to local resources and receive recommendations to improve health.

Family Health Manager also includes information about local health care providers, health and wellness classes and programs, interactive health information and more, including:

• A place to log and track key health numbers — such as blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.

• Action steps to improve personal health scores in key areas of wellness (activity, nutrition, sleep, pain management and well-being)

For more information about how organizations can become involved, contact (952) 442-8084.