In 2011, Texas Health Resources made a commitment to community schools. Through a four-year partnership with United Way Metropolitan Dallas and The Cooper Institute, Texas Health contributes $100,000 per year to support the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program.
Texas Health also provides additional in-kind or financial support of $35,000 per year — for a total contribution of $540,000. As part of the program, Texas Health employees volunteer at participating schools to host fun runs, kite days or fitness fairs to promote healthy behaviors to students and families.
The initiative is a program developed by Cooper Institute and implemented in collaboration with United Way and several supporting sponsors. The program is endorsed by the Texas Education Agency. It serves 70 schools and is expected to affect 25,000 students and their families.
According to Cooper Institute, "the program gives schools resources to engage teachers, students, parents, and the broader community in a joint effort to improve the health of their communities." These are outcomes-based programs focusing on activities that improve wellness, prevention, diet, exercise, prenatal health and air quality.
Cooper Institute defines a Healthy Zone SchoolTM as one that "demonstrates a high level of commitment to the health of their students by promoting health, physical activity and nutrition inside and outside of the school."
For more information, visit healthyzoneschool.com.