Pennsylvania Schools Launch Program To Combat Childhood Obesity
percent of American children between the ages of 6 and 11 being
overweight and 15 percent obese, according to the American Obesity
Association, a new solution has been introduced to Philadelphia
schools. Health eTools for Schools is a web-based software program
designed to help schools conquer the issue of obesity.
In a five
county region approximately 665,000 students will benefit from the new
program thatwill be offered free to 625 schools by Independence Blue
Cross (IBC). Students, school nurses and administrators will be able to
access the program through a web portal. There they can learn how to
improve students' food choices, pick physical activities and help keep
school administrators in compliance with state and federal mandates for
measuring body mass index (BMI).
school administrators and teachers, Health eTools will simplify their
efforts to improve students' nutrition and fitness," said Joseph A.
Frick, president and CEO of IBC.
will help with the annual reporting of students' BMI to their parents.
Nurses will now be able to conduct these screenings with a handheld
computer and upload to online student health records. This will prove
to be more accurate, faster and easier.
that healthier students are less likely to be absent from school, pay
better attention in class, and may even earn better grades, which makes
for happier schools for everyone," said Dr. Richard Snyder, senior vice
president, IBC Health Services and leader of the Health eTools project.
for the software program aligns with the Pennsylvania academic
standards and designed to help students K-12 better understand
nutrition and the importance of exercise through scientific trials. IBC
partnered with InnerLink, INC. through a licensing agreement, a company
known for producing educational resources using available technology.
For more information about how schools can register for the health eTools for Schools program, call 800-988-6983 or visit https://ibx.healthetoolsforschools.org.