For Immediate Release: June 3, 2016
Professional golfer Nannette Hill visited with students at Absegami High School in Galloway, NJ, June 2 in conjunction with AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children program. Hill is in Galloway to participate in the 2016 ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, taking place through June 5 at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Galloway, New Jersey. AtlantiCare is a sponsor of the tournament.
Hill delivered a message of health to the gathered students. She noted that eating well, exercising, and taking care of her body is important for optimal performance both on and off the green.
AtlantiCare representatives encouraged students to maintain the healthy habits they encountered during the school year, such as getting daily exercise and making healthy food choices, at home throughout the summer.
Grants from AtlantiCare's Healthy Schools, Healthy Children and Sustainable Jersey for Schools programs fully funded the high school's garden, which the school created this year after a year of planning and preparation. This spring alone, Absegami has harvested more than 25 pounds of produce in the garden.
AtlantiCare recently awarded Absegami a new school garden grant of $1,500 through its Healthy Schools, Healthy Children program.
"The best part of our school garden is how it has impacted our students' perspectives on food. Most of the comments we hear from students is 'What do you mean I can eat this?'" said Ron Schmid, supervisor, Science, Applied Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, and co-coordinator, Computer Science & Network Technology Magnet, Absegami High School. "We have students who are going out to the garden and trying foods they may have never tasted if not for this effort. We are hoping to expand students' palates and show them that healthy eating can still be delicious."
Schmid shared that the students were excited to pick the food that they've cared for since February.
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.
Photo Caption 1: Absegami High School students (L-R) Mitul Surti, Ben Maggio, Adel Elkafas, and Antonio Lucciola give LPGA's Nannette Hill a tour of the school garden, where she admires newly-planted strawberries, during her visit June 2.
Photo Caption 2: Professional golfer Nannette Hill joins Absegami High School students, Sam Ricelli (left) and Sam Becker (center), in late-spring planting during a visit to the school June 2.
Photo Caption 3: LPGA's Nannette Hill looks up from a garden bed at Absegami High School. Hill shared her passion for eating well, exercising, and taking care of her body with students during a visit to the high school June 2.
Photo Caption 4: Seven Absegami High School students garden in raised beds. The school enjoyed a visit from LPGA professional Nannette Hill June 2.
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.