For Immediate Release: June 3, 2015
AtlantiCare recognized Healthy Educator Award winners during a dinner in their honor Tuesday, May 12 at the Atlantic City Country Club. AtlantiCare presented Healthy Educator awards to Sarah Lahey BSN, RN, CSN, of Northfield, school nurse, Dr. Joyanne D. Miller School, in Egg Harbor Township; and Doreen Lee, of Linwood, principal, Dawes Avenue School in Somers Point. The award recognizes educators’ outstanding efforts to promote wellness, healthy living, good nutrition, and the importance of physical activity with their students and colleagues.
Finalists recognized at the event included Brian Beck, of Egg Harbor Township; Lora Blanco, of Margate; Marci Galli, of Mullica Township; Diane Braue, of Egg Harbor Township; Lynn Walters, of Ocean City; and Sandra Caporale, of Hammonton.
Ed Aleszczyk, of Upper Township; Nancy Doran, of Brigantine; Helene Gross, of Egg Harbor Township; Matthew Mazzoni, of Buena; Kristy McLaughlin, of Mays Landing; and Carrie Merritt, of Upper Township; Maripat Perone, of Cape May, were given honorable mention.
AtlantiCare awarded each awardee a cash prize and will make a donation in the same amount in each winner’s name to his or her school’s wellness programming.
About Healthy Educator Awards
The AtlantiCare Healthy Educator Award recognizes educators’ outstanding efforts to promote wellness, healthy living, good nutrition, and the importance of physical activity with their students and colleagues. AtlantiCare selected winners based on nominations from their colleagues. Through its partnership with schools in Atlantic, Cape May and Southern Ocean counties, AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program assists schools and districts with the implementation of fitness and nutrition policies and makes resources available to students, their families and school staff.
Sarah Lahey, BSN, RN, CSN, of Northfield, school nurse at Dr. Joyanne D. Miller School in Egg Harbor Township, has worked as a school nurse for 20 years. She models good health to her students, coworkers and her community as a t-ball coach and a volunteer with the Northfield Mother’s League.
At Miller School, Lahey leads Staff Wellness Challenges, encouraging her coworkers to exercise and maintain a healthy weight, and works with AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children on wellness programming, including a recent “Chefs in the Classroom” healthy cooking demonstration. She organizes various community walk for Miller School, and mentors nursing students from Rutgers University. Lahey serves as a resource for staff and engages students in their healthcare, teaching them proper medication administration and proper hand-washing.
Doreen Lee, of Linwood, principal, Dawes Avenue School in Somers Point, has served as principal for the last 15 years. During her tenure at Dawes Avenue, she has implemented multiple health initiatives, such as Bike to School days in May, and Walking Wednesdays, in which students and staff members are encouraged to make use of the walking path adjacent to the school.
Lee helps students make connection between physical health and academic achievement. She enforces a no candy, no cupcakes policy, encouraging students and families instead to provide healthy options for classroom celebrations. She is actively involved in the Dawes Avenue’s Edible School Garden, funded in part by an AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools Healthy Children Sustained School Garden Award, and has hosted healthy eating nights at Dawes Avenue for students and their families.
AtlantiCare 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 5,221 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.