The Monarchs Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the Manchester Monarchs, in partnership with the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and the Foundation for Healthy Communities have partnered with the Manchester School District, Manchester Health Department and Catholic Medical Center to teach Manchester students the importance of eating healthy and staying fit with the Winning With Wellness program.
The Winning With Wellness program will be piloted in 6 elementary schools throughout the Manchester School District sharing their message with fourth and fifth graders. The four-week program will feature two Monarchs players talking with students and teaching them the 5-2-1-0 Healthy NH guidelines through the Winning With Wellness program.
5 – Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
2 – Cut back watching television and playing video games to two hours or less a day.
1 – Participate in at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.
0 – Restrict soda and sugar-sweetened sports and fruit drinks. Instead, drink water and 3-4 servings of fat-free, skim or 1% milk per day.
In addition, an interactive video is shown to the students with additional players talking about eating healthy and exercising.
“We are proud to be able to continue our partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and excited to join efforts with the Manchester School District, Manchester Health Department and Catholic Medical Center to bring awareness to Manchester students with the 5-2-1-0 program through Winning With Wellness,” said Monarchs Vice President of Public Affairs Kimberly Mueller. “We are able to utilize our players as role models to assist children in learning how to lead a healthier lifestyle through Winning With Wellness.”
“The Harvard Pilgrim Foundation is thrilled to work with our many community partners who strive to improve children’s behaviors by building healthy habits that last a lifetime,” said Karen Voci, Executive Director of the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation. “The Winning With Wellness program is a perfect example of how small steps, such as swapping soda for water and limiting screen time, can make a big difference in a child’s health.”
The Monarchs Care Foundation and Harvard Pilgrim Foundation have brought the Winning With Wellness message to schools throughout New Hampshire for several seasons. This is the second season that the program has partnered with The Manchester School District, Manchester Health Department and Catholic Medical Center to focus on educating students in the Manchester School District on eating healthy and exercising.
"Winning With Wellness program demonstrates how physical activity and eating habits impact not only overall health but also academic and athletic success. The Monarch players are perfect examples of how healthy lifestyle habits can pay off!" adds Sue Sheehy, Dietitian for the Manchester School District and Manchester Health Department.
“Catholic Medical Center is happy to support this important initiative that promotes physical activity, healthy eating and a reduction in screen time for our youth,” said Jean Langone Jacques, Community Health Services, Catholic Medical Center.
The students will not only walk away with the knowledge of leading a healthy lifestyle but will also be given goal trackers to show their progress of eating and exercising over the four weeks of the program, incentives each week and a jump rope. Those students that complete the four week program will be rewarded with a complimentary ticket to the Monarchs game in March 2013.
The school that has the most students participate in the program will receive a trophy and be recognized at the game. One classroom in each school participating will receive a bobblehead trophy for having the most students stick with the program for all 4 weeks.