The Conemaugh Health Foundation, Edwards LifeSciences and the Meyersdale Area School District recently partnered to provide family members of Meyersdale students with its Cardiac/Diabetes Prevention Program. The students participating in the program completed physical fitness challenges and received educational information about maintaining healthy lifestyles. After completion of the fitness challenge, students were entered in a free Xbox Kinect Raffle.
As part of the prevention program, family members received free medical screens during Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center’s Well Awareness Night. Approximately 500 people attended the medical center’s annual open house.
According to the Conemaugh Health Foundation, the overall goal of the program was to identify underserved family members of students who do not exercise and thus have an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. Another target was to reduce the risk of developing other heart disease / diabetes risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.
As an incentive for the students to participate in the program, Meyersdale Area School District’s middle school and senior high students were entered in a free Xbox Kinect raffle following the completion of a physical fitness challenge designed by Ron Kaufman, physical education instructor at the school district. Bryce Kretchman, a seventh grade student, was randomly selected after he completed the fitness challenge and was registered at the Well Awareness Night Event.
The free Xbox and health screens were provided to area residents through a grant sponsored by Edwards LifeSciences. The Conemaugh Health Foundation and Edwards LifeSciences continue to partner with area school districts to enforce healthier habits for parents and students. More screenings are planned throughout the remainder of 2012 and Conemaugh Health Foundation officials are hopeful additional family-student screens will be made available in 2013.
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Amy Bradley, Director of Public Affairs
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