Saint Alphonsus Health System brought HealthTeacher to Idaho in January 2010 to provide curriculum to teachers as a free health education resource. Over 60,000 students in Meridian Joint School District No. 2, Boise School District, Middleton School District, Ontario School District, Baker City School District and Idaho's Catholic Schools now benefit from the comprehensive K-12 online health education provided by HealthTeacher. The Idaho State Department of Education adopted HealthTeacher as an accepted health education curriculum for the state of Idaho in November 2010 validating the importance of the educational content.
In May 2011, Saint Alphonsus and the HealthTeacher program were incorporated into the City of Boise’s Let’s Move! program adoption. Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.
In 2013, HealthTeacher introduced GoNoodle - a series of interactive brain break activities meant to increase student movement opportunities throughout the day. With childhood obesity being the leading health issue affecting kids and many students falling well below the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day, the need for this type of quick-hitting, easily-integrated program was evident. GoNoodle offered the opportunity for Saint Alphonsus Health System to partner with Blue Cross of Idaho and the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, under the umbrella of the High Five Children's Collaborative, to improve the health and well-being of children in our communities. Together we are dedicated to reversing the trend of childhood obesity and have joined efforts to get kids moving in southern Idaho. Research has shown that daily activity also provides significant benefit to learning. Saint Alphonsus and Blue Cross of Idaho hope to eventually make these resources available to every child throughout southern Idaho.
"Our mission is to improve the health of our community, and we have a long-standing history of partnering with other organizations to improve community health and safety. We believe it is our responsibility to work beyond our typical hospital and physician clinic settings to serve our community." said Sally Jeffcoat, President & CEO, Saint Alphonsus Health System. "By sponsoring and funding HealthTeacher and GoNoodle resources, we have an opportunity to do something really important ' help both our teachers and our children. Through this partnership, we can help students have a better understanding of health, improve health literacy and help them make lifestyle choices to become better advocates for health."
Learn more in our monthly newsletters provided by HealthTeacher on such topics as bullying, depression, nutrition, and more. These newsletters provide current information which benefits the entire family and can be accessed by visiting http://home.healthteacher.com. For more information on HealthTeacher or Go Noodle call 208-367-7791.