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Kiwanis gets update on Mary Rutan Foundation

Christie Barns (pictured) gave the Bellefontaine Kiwanis Club some food, or rather drink, for thought at its regular meeting Thursday.

As part of of the Mary Rutan Foundation's ongoing effort to promote health and wellness in Logan County, Barns challenged the members to "Think Your Drink", pointing out that drinking two cans of regular soda per day for 30 days is equal to ingesting a pound of sugar. She also filled the club in on how much fat is really in a Big Mac and what a few extra pounds of adipose tissue looks like on the human body.

The Mary Rutan Foundation is the not-for-profit fundraising arm of Mary Rutan Hospital. Barns outlined the foundation's mission, which includes recently awarding over $50,000 in scholarships to those pursuing degrees in the medical field, bringing the total to over $1.5 million in scholarships and loans since 1996. The foundation was also instrumental in raising funds to update the emergency department at MRH several years ago, and has $136,000 budgeted to promote health and wellness throughout the county in 2013.

Jeff Schwieterman from the American Egg Board is scheduled to address the Kiwanis Club at its next meeting.

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