Unintended Consequences – Heart Healthy Fun!
The Overlook Family Medicine – Family Promise Union County Health Education Partnership began as a way for families experiencing homelessness to participate in activities which attended to whole-person wellness – including healthy eating, physical activity, and spiritual care. One of the highlights of our educational efforts occurred during one of our workshops on October 19, 2019. We partnered with the Student National Medical Association, an organization that supports underrepresented minority medical students, to provide health education workshop to the children of current and former Family Promise guests.
At the workshop, students and their parents learned about the heart, heart-healthy foods, and the heart benefits of regular exercise. The children exercised by playing musical chairs and learned through a short workout exercise that demonstrated how the heart is a muscle. They also learned why fruits, vegetables and healthy portions are important for heart health.
When we created our partnership, we did not realize how expanding partnerships, creating fun and educational programming and a commitment to driving behavioral change would impact our families and our community. This workshop allowed new partners to impact their communities in ways that extended beyond the classroom and the hospital. It also allowed our participants to see ways to make healthy food choices and find opportunities to be physically active wherever they may be.
We look forward to continuing our work!
About the Grantee
The Overlook Family Medicine - Family Promise Union County Health Education Partnership began in 2016. It aims are to meet identified community health needs, improve screening for preventable illnesses, and provide education that empowers the community to achieve their health goals.