School Faculties Convene for an Update on Baptist HealthTeacher

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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A variety of over 60 faculty members throughout 34 school districts have registered to attend the Baptist HealthTeacher update and brainstorming session. “Brain-Ready:  Test Day and Beyond” is the theme of the meeting to be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at the Clinton Public Schools Clinton High School Career Complex  located on 715 Lakeview Drive in Clinton, Miss. from 8:30 am until 11:00 am. Speakers will begin at 9:00 am.

As part of Baptist Health Systems’ commitment to improving the health and academics of children, Baptist partnered with 34 school districts in central Mississippi to promote lifelong healthy habits among students and their families. Baptist, along with community partners will continue to underwrite and support HealthTeacher, an online K-12 health education curriculum and dynamic array of interactive resources.

“This meeting will highlight HealthTeacher’s new common-core aligned lesson plans and activities focusing on health issues such as sleep, exercise, nutrition, and stress relief--all designed to get the students ‘test-ready’ and healthy for a lifetime,” added Shay Lewis, Health Education Coordinator for Baptist HealthTeacher.

Baptist HealthTeacher seeks to have a productive discussion about how the Baptist HealthTeacher partnership can benefit the students in that teacher’s district. Baptist HealthTeacher promotes interdisciplinary education by aligning lessons not only to the National Health Education Standards but also to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and other academic subjects such as Science, Math, and Social Studies.

There are several goals Baptist HealthTeacher leaders would like to accomplish during this meeting:
•    Review Baptist HealthTeacher program to key staff in funded districts.
•    Highlight Baptist HealthTeacher’s new look, interactive SMARTboard activities, common core alignment, and GoNoodle (a new suite of brain break games for the classroom)
•    Showcase Baptist HealthTeacher’s new “Test Ready” lessons aimed at helping students develop healthy habits that enhance learning and academic performance.
•    Solicit attendee and school information, gain feedback on the Baptist HealthTeacher collaborative and resources, and also identify ways the program can provide support and training for successful implementation.
•    Provide resources and assistance to attendees for creating meaningful, realistic, and measurable action plans.
•    Finally, to engage attendees, promote excitement, and cheer them on to share Baptist HealthTeacher’s passion for making health awesome for children.

Attendees registered for the meeting incude a diverse cross-section of school district staff such as superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, PE/Health Teachers, classroom teachers, school nurses, JROTC instructors, librarians, school counselors, and others.

Funded by Baptist Health Foundation in 2011, the project includes online, web-based health education materials and professional development for K-12 schools, preschools, after school programs, and community organizations. The HealthTeacher website contains over 300 standards-based lesson plans that focus on skill development, not just knowledge. Educators can also access daily news articles, background information, and interactive tools to enhance their health education instruction.

The 2007 Healthy Students Act requires that all schools implement 45 minutes of Health Education per week, and 150 minute of physical education/physical activity per week in grades K-8. It also requires half Carnegie Unit of Health Education and Physical Education in high school for graduation.

Baptist Health Systems is the parent company of Baptist Medical Center, Baptist Medical Center Leake, The Mississippi Hospital for Restorative Care and a number of related healthcare services and programs. For over 100 years, Baptist Medical Center has served Mississippi and the surrounding states as a Christian-based, non-profit comprehensive medical Center. In 2013, Healthgrades listed Baptist among the 100 best hospitals in the nation for orthopedic surgery, joint replacement, general surgery, gastrointestinal care and prostectectomy. Plus, Healthgrades listed Baptist number one in Mississippi for vascular surgery three years in a row. Healthgrades is America's leading independent healthcare ratings organization.

HealthTeacher is the interactive leader in youth health, creating games, apps, and educational resources to make health awesome for kids. HealthTeacher’s research-based products are designed to get kids moving and to develop healthy behaviors that last a lifetime. Reaching over 6 million kids through its fast-growing network of 11,000+ schools, HealthTeacher’s interactive products are used by teachers, parents, and kids to address important youth health issues, including physical activity, nutrition, and social and emotional well-being. To learn more, visit


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