Homework leads to health

2013-06-09T00:00:00Z Homework leads to healthBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
June 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MUNSTER | Healthy Families Night closed the school year with a fitness, nutrition and health event for the more than 100 elementary students enrolled in the After School Take 5 for Life program.

Take 5 for Life is the exercise/nutrition program that Community Hospital Fitness Pointe introduced to Northwest Indiana elementary schools nine years ago to get students on track for a healthier future.

“Take 5 for Life’s fitness/nutrition curriculum aligns with State of Indiana education standards,” said Debi Pillarella, Med, CPT, education/fitness program manager for Fitness Pointe. “The five components of the Take 5 program are to eat healthy, be active, manage your mind (abstain from drugs, alcohol and tobacco), be well-rested and feel good about yourself.”

This year's After School Take 5 for Life program in East Chicago finished with Healthy Families Nights at each school as Take 5 for Life staff from Fitness Pointe partnered with Communities in Schools and St. Catherine Hospital.

At each participating school – Carrie Gosch , Lincoln and Franklin elementaries - parents and students had an opportunity to visit three stations and participate in healthful activities.

At Get Healthy Together, families performed a physical activity – led by their child. Eat Well Together had parents and students tasting fruits and veggies to earn an insulated lunch bag full of fruit/veggie snacks. Be Healthy Together featured St. Catherine Hospital staff offering a health screening to families and providing information about hospital community health events, services and programs.

Families also completed a brief survey about changes implemented in their homes so the Take 5 for Life program could be measured for results. Parents turning in their survey received a $30 Strack & VanTil gift card.

Since implementation, Take 5 for Life has reached more than 3,000 students in East Chicago, Hobart, Hammond, Whiting and Lake Ridge, supported with funding from The Foundations of East Chicago Inc.

For more information about Take 5 for Life, visit  www.comhs.org or watch this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VL7hUc1YkY.

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