The UAMS College of Health Professions has joined forces with the UAMS Center for Distance Health to promote healthy eating by utilizing technology. CHP Instructor, Christi Arthur, and Registered Dietitian, Sabrina Spencer helped launch the HealthyNOW! Program for the 2018\2019 school year on 8 campuses in 4 school districts around the state of Arkansas. Arthur & Spencer will be conducting live face-to-face telemedicine interactions with students at the schools to help educate them about healthy eating and how to make good food choices.
The program launched in September with a kick-off event at each of the schools where Arthur & Spencer got to interact with the 5th-8th graders from each school and show them models of healthy food and what the wrong choices can do to your body.
The HealthyNOW! Program is part of the School Telemedicine in Arkansas (STAR) program, which launched in partnership with the UAMS, the Arkansas Department of Education and the University of Central Arkansas Exercise Science Program. The grant focuses on behavioral health, wellness, and teledentistry.
“ Diet and education is an extremely important part to our program. The one take away we had from last years pilot program was how much the kids retained related to healthy eating.” , said, Alan Faulkner, Program Director “ Christi and Sabrina’s efforts will make a huge impact as we engage the kids to be more active and mobile.”
Currently, there are over 1500 students enrolled in the HealthyNOW program. For more information on the program or to utilize the free modules, visit sites .uams.edu/star or follow the program on Facebook or Instagram.