Together For Health

Together for Health School Program

The “Together for Health Program” is a unique partnership in our community, between Wayne Memorial Hospital and Forest City Regional School District, Wallenpaupack Area School District, Wayne Highlands School District and Western Wayne School District as well as many community organizations for 7th and 9th graders. Each year, more than 40 professionals assist with the Together for Health’s interactive program consisting of a three-part series emphasizing knowledge and skills for making healthy life style choices.

Each year the program varies; however part one usually entails a “keynote presentation.”  This past year, the program kicked off with a live performance  by Saltworks, a professional acting group from Wexford, Pennsylvania. The group’s intense dramas based on actual stories about involvement with substances and chemical dependencies, shows the path to recovery.

Part two is a clinical assessment by volunteers from the staff of Wayne Memorial Hospital. All eleventh grade students have their height, weight, and blood pressure checked, and may also elect to have a blood sample analyzed for lipid profile and complete blood count at no cost to the students. Students participate in the blood draw only with parental permission, and the results remain confidential. All students receive a copy of their individual lab results. A second copy is mailed to their parent or guardian.

Part three, the final component of “The Together for Health School Program” is Health Resource Day. Students receive their Personal Wellness Profile and results of previous testing and then four workshops varying in important health topics. These workshops give students an opportunity to talk to representatives from various community agencies and departments of Wayne Memorial Hospital.
In order to guarantee the health of the younger generation, Wayne Memorial Hospital ensures that together with local contributors and the four participating school districts, students have the one necessary aspect of staying healthy: education about what can be done, what should be done, and how to live a healthy life.

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