Allina Health unveils new online education resource

Health Powered Kids™, a new online educational resource by Allina Health, designed to empower children ages three-14 to make healthier choices about eating, exercising, keeping clean and managing stress, is now available to the public.

The website, healthpoweredkids.org, provides free, easy-to-use information about health and fitness.

It features more than 50 lessons and activities for children to learn from teachers, school staff, home-school educators, day care providers, community groups and parents.

Each lesson also includes a take-home newsletter that provides activities for families to do at home.

“In addition to our tried and true exercise and nutrition lessons, we’re also helping parents and teachers talk about stress management and hygiene,” said Susan Nygaard, a registered nurse and Allina Health Manager of Community Health Improvement.

“This fills a major need in the community.

“We need to look holistically at children’s health — we know all these areas have a direct impact on how children learn and live a balanced life.

To get feedback on the program, Allina Health has been piloting Health Powered Kids™ in 10 schools that were chosen as School Health Connection™ winners in 2012.

The feedback from the schools has been positive, Nygaard said.

Health Powered Kids™ by Allina Health offers lessons for teachers, parents and community programs to guide children ages three-14 on important health topics.

Health Powered Kids™ evolved from the past Allina Health program Power by the Hour™, which was developed in collaboration with Anoka-Hennepin School District.

Power by the Hour™ has been discontinued with the launch of Health Powered Kids™.

To access Health Powered Kids™, visit healthpoweredkids.org.

A short tutorial video is available online and you create an account to access the lessons.

A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health has 90-plus clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services.

Learn more at allinahealth.org.

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