Phoebe provides gift of health education

Phoebe Putney is collaborating with HealthTeacher to provide health education to local schools

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital announced they are joining forces with a national program that provides extensive lesson plans for health education.

HealthTeacher is a national organization that focuses on teaching the young generation healthy habits through a K-12 curriculum for health educators. The Phoebe/HealthTeacher Youth Health Literacy Collaborative will provide 17 counties with more than 300 comprehensive lesson plans based on 10 health tips provided by National Health Education Standards including Alcohol and Other Drugs, Community and Environmental Health as well as Nutrition.

"It's a one-stop-shop for health teachers, where it has the online lessons and any kind of overheads, all the information is there for a teacher and it's on a website. They get an account and then they just use it. It's a great thing," says Eddie McBride, Project Coordinator for the Network of Trust School Health Program and Phoebe

Phoebe's CEO Joel Wernick says this is gift for the community that the hospital is providing for the next five years.

"We all know that the health statistics for youth in our community aren't as good as they used to be, so it's really putting an emphasis on teaching health to the kids and hopefully healthy kids are healthier learners," says McBride.

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