Helping kids in Maryland get healthy is an issue two nurses from Washington County Hospital’s Jack and Anna Hershey Education Center, Hagerstown, Md., are tackling every day.
Carol Grove, RN, MSN, and Becki Weir, LPN, MEd, researched several healthy lifestyle programs before purchasing a license for the national KidShape program.
The 12-month program, for children ages 6 to 13 who are overweight or obese and their families, incorporates healthy eating, physical activity, and building self-esteem. The results of the first round, Grove said, “show that approximately 70% of the children in our program decreased or maintained their body mass index, and approximately 70% decreased their blood pressure.”Becki Weir
The nurses are part of a team that includes a registered dietician, physical activity instructor, and licensed behavioral health counselor. For information, visit www.WashingtonCountyHospital.com/KidShape.
The center also has purchased a license for a new TeenShape program, geared toward ages 14 to 18. The program is scheduled to begin its first round later this year.