MANSFIELD, Texas — Methodist Mansfield Medical Center will provide a pedometer to every staff member of the Mansfield Independent School District as well as sponsor a Principals' Fitness Challenge program to promote the importance of health and fitness. By helping principals and school personnel create a healthier atmosphere for learning and working, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center is creating a healthy environment for the community.
"Methodist Mansfield Medical Center is joining forces with Mansfield ISD to promote healthy schools and improve health and academic outcomes," says Methodist Mansfield Medical Center President Laura Irvine. "By providing pedometers and sponsoring the Principals' Fitness Challenge we hope to increase healthy behaviors, encourage healthy role models for students, increase employee morale and promote a positive community image."
Healthy schools create an environment where students can become fit, healthy, and ready to learn. A health conscious atmosphere helps students achieve their full academic potential and supports them in developing lifelong healthy behaviors. Methodist Mansfield Medical Center recognizes that what happens in the classroom, gymnasium, cafeteria, at school events, at home, and in the community are interrelated and can reinforce healthy lifestyles and decisions.
"I want our employees to know we value their health and wellness," says Dr. Bob Morrison MISD Superintendent of Schools. "If our staff identifies even small ways to improve their health, we'll have accomplished something positive. We hope this challenge becomes a catalyst to promote district wellness, improve workforce productivity and reduce the costs of employee absenteeism and health care."
The Principals' Fitness Challenge is designed for campus administrators to voluntarily challenge themselves to a free and simple-to-follow 12-week fitness and wellness program. The goal is to encourage participants to take the first steps towards living a healthier lifestyle by increasing physical activity and improving nutrition. MISD staff members are invited to participate through championing their administrator and even taking the challenges on themselves. The 4,000 donated pedometers were distributed to Mansfield ISD employees October 11-15 along with training information on how to get started on using the devices.
To learn more about the Principals' Fitness Challenge at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center visit: www.methodisthealthsystem.org/PrincipalsFitnessChallenge
About Methodist Health System
Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System uses some of the latest medical technology and research to bring quality health care to individuals and families throughout North Texas. Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org.
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Director of Media and Communications, Mansfield ISD