For Immediate Release: September 22, 2015

AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children to hold
'Engaging Strategies for Teaching Adolescent Health’
Tuesday, October 20

AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children program will hold 'Engaging Strategies for Teaching Adolescent Health’ on Tuesday, October 20 at Mays Landing Country Club, 1855 Cates Road, Mays Landing from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The educational workshop is geared toward middle and high school physical education and health teachers. Melanie Lynch, president-elect, Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD), author, and health education specialist, State College Area High School, State College, PA, will lead a session entitled ‘Let’s Have Fun in Health Class Today,’ which will provide strategies for engaging students in health education and increasing students’ health literacy.

“It’s important for educators to enact healthy behaviors while teaching about health so that students can learn through experience,” says Laura Engelmann, community health and wellness manager, AtlantiCare. “Students are more likely to adapt healthy habits if they are actively participating in healthy behaviors in the classroom. Our program offers strategies for educators to get involved – and get their students engaged – in health education.”

Jacqueline Gallo, RD, district nutritionist, Bridgeton Public Schools, will discuss the intersection of physical activity and the benefits of healthy eating and will provide information on incorporating nutrition into physical education classes.

Workshop attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably for an interactive session. A Zumba® instructor will give tips for incorporating Zumba® into classrooms and physical education classes.

‘Engaging Strategies for Teaching Adolescent Health’ will also highlight resources available through the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD), and will provide information about AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children program, including upcoming events and educational opportunities.

The event is open to the public. Pre-registration is required: $30 per person for members of NJAHPERD and AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children members; $40 for others. NJAHPERD will provide breakfast and lunch. Professional development hours will be provided to guests who attend the duration of the workshop.

To register, please visit www.atlanticare.org/events, and search “Healthy Schools Events.” For questions, or to pay by check, email healthyschools@atlanticare.org or call (609)272-6282.

For more information about AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program, visit www.atlanticare.org, www.well4life.org or call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000.

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 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.