Methodist Charlton is teaming up with students, parents, and faculty at Cedar Hill ISD for a family-focused, 12-week Heart of the Community program. The goal of the program is to help families make lifestyle changes that bring them greater health and wellness through health screenings, interactive quizzes, exercise classes to get them moving, nutrition, and health education.
The program is built around family participation, and participants are rewarded with financial incentives. Students will even grow their own fresh foods at a greenhouse on the Cedar Hill High School campus.
Students, siblings, parents, and even grandparents are taking part in the program. Cecilia Martinez is excited that three generations of her family are taking part in Heart of the Community, including her three children and her father.
Heart of the Community participants were
led through a "Get Moving" session.
"It is a family affair," she says. "We tend to eat out a lot, so I am looking forward to learning how to eat better as a family, get healthy, and lose a little weight."
Methodist Charlton President Jonathan S. Davis, FACHE, says the program addresses the top three health risks in the hospital's service area – high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking – according to the 2010 National Research Corporation Consumer Health Report.
"As a hospital serving the community, our goal is to combat those risks with tools for prevention," he says. "The Heart of the Community program is a broader initiative of Methodist Health System to provide programs and services that focus on taking care of the heart."
"We are excited about being involved in this pilot project with Methodist Charlton Medical Center," said Dr. Chanda McGhee, director of Student Support and Community Services. "We are thrilled that Methodist Charlton is facilitating this program that will help families develop a healthier lifestyle."
Note to editor: Photos available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/HeartoftheCommunityKick-OffEvent
About Cedar Hill ISD
CHISD has 8100 students and is rated as a Recognized school district by the Texas Education Agency. The Texas State Comptrollers Office awarded Cedar Hill Independent School District a 4.5 in its five-star rating system for its Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST). FAST identifies school districts that use best practices to operate efficiently, while achieving strong academic performance. The district has maintained an AA- financial bond rating from Standard and Poor's as well as Fitch Ratings for the past two years.
About Methodist Health System
Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of 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. Connect with them through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/socialmedia.
Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.