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Cedar Hill ISD Families Celebrate Success with Methodist Charlton Family Challenge
Paul Quinn College President Shares Personal Experience on Importance of Heart Health
05/18/2012

The celebration to conclude the Methodist Charlton Medical Center Heart of the Community Family Challenge with Cedar Hill ISD was filled with stories of success. Student Casey Martinez shared how she lost weight during the challenge and how much she enjoyed preparing meals with her family. Her mother, Cecelia Martinez, says being involved in the program was a blessing in disguise. Through screening offered during the challenge, her mother was diagnosed with high blood pressure. Martinez said her own cholesterol dropped by 30 points. Desiree Alexander enjoyed the accountability of the program and learned a lot of helpful information.

Methodist Charlton Heart of the Community Challenge

Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell
(rear right) was the guest speaker at the
celebration for participants in the Methodist
Charlton Heart of the Community Challenge
with Cedar Hill ISD.

Guest speaker for the event, Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, shared his story of surviving sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of heart health. "I survived because my heart was healthy and I led a healthy lifestyle," he says.

Earlier this year, Methodist Charlton teamed up with students, parents, and faculty at Cedar Hill ISD for the family-focused, 12-week Heart of the Community Family Challenge program. The goal of the program was to help families make lifestyle changes that bring them greater health and wellness. Participation in the program included health screenings, interactive quizzes, exercise classes to get them moving, nutrition, and health education.

The program was built around family participation, and participants were rewarded with financial incentives. Students, siblings, parents, and even grandparents took part in the program.

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 at Cedar Hill ISD.  "We are thrilled that Methodist Charlton facilitated this program that will help families develop a healthier lifestyle."

Note to editor: Photos available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/MethodistCharltonHeartofCommunityWrap-Up 

About Cedar Hill ISD
CHISD has 8,100 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.

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Contacts:
Methodist Charlton Medical Center
Lynette Wilkinson
214-947-7460
lynettewilkinson@mhd.com

Ramona Logan
Cedar Hill ISD
214-882-2451
ramona@rlimageadvantage.com

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.

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