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Total Health Driver – Exercise
Exercise is physical activity that maintains overall health and wellness. Physical activity improves both physical and mental health.
CDPHP collaborated with the YMCA and Hannaford Supermarkets to create the Healthy Living Center, facility inside a major supermarket that offers a variety of services, including exercise equipment and classes, nutrition counseling, senior health, medication safety and disease management, as well as health insurance support.
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.
HealthPartners’ PowerUp program is a community-wide youth health initiative to make better eating and active living easy, fun and popular. PowerUp focuses on children ages 3-11 and the adults who influence their food and physical activity choices.
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 funded and founded the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign, a national effort to help local communities develop policies that increase open space acreage; increase access to healthy food; develop compact, mixed use and transit oriented communities; and increase walking and biking.
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.
Recognizing East African refugees settling in the community need support, the UCare Foundation funded a program that aims to improve the overall health of refugees and reduce the health disparity gap in the Rochester, Minnesota area. The program works with community elders and religious leaders to communicate in a culturally appropriate way and facilitate discussion on health, provide information on accessing health insurance, promote immunizations and train partner organizations on cultural competencies for serving East African refugees.