For Immediate Release: February 3, 2016

AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children
workshop highlights benefits of kinesthetic classroom

Mike Kuczala, author and educational consultant,
shares expertise

AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children (HSHC) hosted an interactive workshop, The Kinesthetic Classroom II, January 27 at the Sheraton Hotel in Atlantic City. More than fifty K-12 teachers, school nurses and administrators from schools throughout Atlantic, Ocean, and Cape May Counties attended.

The workshop, featuring keynote speaker, author and educator Mike Kuczala, offered lesson plans and activities to help teachers and educators incorporate exercise and movement into their classrooms and discussed the numerous benefits of creating a kinesthetic classroom.

Mike-Kuczala-Director-of-the-Regional-Training-Center-and-President-of-Kuczala Consulting-led-an-engaging-workshop-on-the-kinesthetic-classroomMike Kuczala, director of the Regional Training Center and president of Kuczala Consulting, led an engaging keynote on the benefits of a kinesthetic classroom for an AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children workshop.

“Research continues to show that physically fit kids do better academically, attend school more regularly and stay out of the principal's office,” Kuczala said. “Physical activity throughout the school day – as a break from content, as a way to teach and review content, and as a way to build community within the classroom – offers many benefits to students. Movement helps to prepare the brain to learn, helps increase attention, helps retention and motivation and provides opportunities to learn in a way the brain prefers. Learning doesn't happen just from the neck up – it happens from the feet up.”

Local-educators-participate-in-an-activity-designed-to-improve-attention-spans-and-student-learningLocal educators participate in an activity designed to improve attention spans and student learning.

“The health of our children is important to the health of our community,” added Laura Engelmann, Community Health and Wellness manager, AtlantiCare. “AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children works in partnership with area schools to help educators promote good health and instill healthy habits in children at an early age. Making a habit of physical activity – inside the classroom and outside of it – will benefit students in both their physical and academic health.”

About AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program
AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children program works with area schools to create and sustain healthy school environments by providing resources and programming to ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. For more information about this or other AtlantiCare programs, or to find a provider, call the AtlantiCare Access Center 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare.

Contacts:
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org

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AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,400 employees and more than 700 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.