Thursday, December 22, 2011
UHS and Walton Schools team up for child health
UHS Delaware Valley Hospital and UHS Stay Healthy presented a donation of materials and services at the December 20, 2011 Walton School Board meeting Dotti Kruppo, Vice President of Community Health Services for UHS Delaware Valley Hospital, Patricia Fell, RN, Director of Community Health Services UHS Stay Healthy and Nalini Kalanadhabhatta, UHS Stay Healthy Kids Associate presented the board with UHS Stay Healthy Kid's CATCH Kit.
CATCH, or Coordinated Approach to Child Health, is a program that comes with training, We Can -- a six weeks program and materials for parents to be held at the school, Health messages from Rex and Roxy and link to UHS Stay Healthy Kids page. It also includes resources to support the Kick-Off program with Rex and Roxy as developed by the Walton School Wellness Committee and the UHS Delaware Valley Hospital team.
The donations were gladly received by the Walton Central Schools Board of Education. Robbie Jean Rice, Walton School Wellness Committee chair, introduced the presenters. The school committee has been coordinating the implementation of these new resources to help improve the health and nutrition knowledge of Walton students, staff and parents.
Six teachers have received the training in the use of the CATCH program. The kit has many evidence-based physical activities and a nutrition component. The program’s initial uses will be at the Townsend Elementary School as well as the Middle School Fun and Fitness after school program.
The kit is valued at $2,600. UHS Delaware Valley Hospital has pledged its support for implementing and supporting these new programs in our schools.