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Total Health Driver – Education
Education is one of the strongest predictors of health and life expectancy.
Capital Health Plan launched the Champions program in 2006 in ten schools in the Leon County school system in partnership with Titus Human Performance Solutions and the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. Champions is a free fitness program for students in grades K-8 that gets students moving to experience the benefits of exercise and develop healthy lifestyle habits.
Independent Health created the Good for the Neighborhood program to offer pop-up sites for people in high-need neighborhoods to address their health needs in one convenient location.
Independent Health created the Fitness for Kids program to address issues of obesity in elementary school children in Western New York.
Kaiser Permanente launched the Thriving Schools initiative in 2013 in an effort to influence long-term behavior change and have a measurable effect on the health of students, staff and teachers in K-12 schools in the community.
UCare partners with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services to hold an annual Senior Legal Fair, a free, multi-cultural and multi-lingual event serving the legal needs of low-income seniors across the Twin Cities metro area.
UCare partnered with the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation to launch the Twin Cities Mobile Market initiative. This “grocery store on wheels” sells healthy foods at below-market prices in low-income neighborhoods considered food deserts. More than 275,000 low-income residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods who do not have access to grocery stores that sell fresh, healthy foods, can now benefit from this mobile market.
UCare partners with The Loppet Foundation, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Minneapolis Public Schools and other community sponsors to offer a cross-country ski program for many immigrant schoolchildren in their communities. The program also provides an educational nutrition curriculum to help establish healthy behaviors in program participants and their families.