Unity Health is excited to present four local schools with the first-ever Unity Kids grants. Grants earned by the schools through the Unity Kids program will go toward purchasing health-centered items, such as new P.E. equipment, healthy snacks and playground equipment. Participating schools for the 2015-2016 school year include McRae Elementary, Sidney-Deener Elementary, Westside Elementary, and Harding Academy.
The program, which is unique to Unity Health, allows students to serve as ambassadors for healthy living by providing them with healthy tips about nutrition, hygiene, safety, exercise, and mental health. Each week a different student is chosen to be that week's health ambassador and share provided health tips to their class. At the end of the school year, students write health-centered essays to discuss what they learned about health throughout the year.
Forming healthy habits can be difficult, but studies show that when started at a young age, children are more likely to maintain healthy habits into adulthood. Based on this research, Unity Health launched its Unity Kids program for third-grade students in Searcy schools last fall.
ABOUT UNITY HEALTH – WHITE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER:
As the leading healthcare provider in an eight-county area, Unity Health and its associates strive to improve the quality of health and well-being for the communities it serves through compassionate care. Unity Health is the largest employer in an eight-county area with more than 2,000 associates. The facility has a combined total of 438 licensed beds and a medical staff of 150 physicians that specialize in various areas of healthcare.
In addition to the White County Medical Center and Specialty Care Campuses, Unity Health in Searcy includes Unity Health – Clarity Health and Wellness, Unity Health – Family Practice Associates, Unity Health – After Hours Clinic, Unity Health – McAfee Medical Clinic, Unity Health - Orthopaedic and Spine Center, Unity Health – Searcy Medical Center and Unity Health – Searcy Medical Center, West, Unity Health – Westside Family Medical Clinic, Unity Health Cardiology Clinic, and Unity Health Oncology Clinic.