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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Plano ISD Fitness Grant

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has partnered with the Plano school district’s education foundation to teach fifth- and sixth-graders how to live a healthy lifestyle and encourage them to sustain positive habits through adulthood.

Physical fitness data gathered by Plano ISD shows a steady decline in students’ fitness levels starting at about age 10. By the time students reach middle school, their activity levels during the school day drop significantly. In addition, some students at this age have limited access to extracurricular activities, making them more prone to a sedentary lifestyle.

To close the fitness gap for these children, Texas Health Plano has provided a $55,000 grant for a pilot project that is already reaching 630 fifth graders at six Plano elementary schools. These students will continue the project through the sixth grade, and a new class of fifth graders will start next year.

The program teaches students how to establish good exercise and eating habits using classroom curriculum, activity logs, rewards and incentives, and technology and assessment tools developed by the Cooper Institute. It encourages parental involvement by posting each student’s individual progress on the MyPISD parent portal system.

I congratulate Texas Health Plano for ongoing initiatives that reach beyond the walls of the hospital to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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