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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Wellness Program at Speer Elementary

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

The top three New Year’s resolutions each year are to save money, lose weight, and exercise, according to an annual poll conducted by the FranklinCovey Company. But more than 75 percent of New Year’s resolutions fizzle out within three months, the survey indicates. Why? Because people are busy and often set unrealistic goals.

That’s why it’s important to start adopting healthy habits from a young age. At Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, we’re working with the Arlington school district and the Cancer Research Foundation to do just that. Together, we began a wellness program last Fall at Speer Elementary in Arlington. The year-long project, called “Healthy Heroes Eat Right and Move More,” encourages third graders to adopt healthy habits. The goal is to improve health and decrease Body Mass Indexes, or BMIs.

Physical education coaches work with hospital dieticians to track the children’s BMIs. At the end of the school year, the two children who made the most progress will win bicycles purchased by the Cancer Research Foundation.

Congratulations to Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Speer Elementary and the Cancer Research Foundation for helping children develop healthy habits that will serve them well throughout their lives – and with every New Year.

For our 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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