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Philadelphia School District and Independence Blue Cross Partner to Improve Student Wellness and Reduce Childhood Obesity
Date:1/13/2009

Online tool will help schools address student health issues, comply with federal and state health requirements

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In a progressive move to help Philadelphia students eat healthier, get more exercise, control their weight, and be more health conscious, the school district of Philadelphia announced it is implementing the award-winning Health eTools for Schools(R) web-based program. The program is being provided to schools at no cost through the district's health insurer, Independence Blue Cross.

With the addition of approximately 161,000 students from 270 schools in the Philadelphia school district, nearly 375,000 students from 668 schools in the five-county region will be enrolled in Health eTools for Schools. Independence Blue Cross (IBC) launched the program to public, private, parochial, and charter schools throughout the region last spring to help school nurses, teachers, administrators, and parents reduce student obesity and encourage young people to adopt healthy lifestyles. Since then, schools throughout the region have used the program to more effectively monitor student's BMI, teach children how to make good food choices, promote exercise, and raise awareness among students about the importance of healthy living.

"The health and safety of our district's students are paramount to us and we are excited to partner with Independence Blue Cross on this dynamic new wellness tool," said Bettyann Creighton, director, Health, Safety and Physical Education for the Philadelphia school district. "By helping kids become healthier, we not only create more productive learners today, but also help children grow into adults with fewer health risks. Health eTools will also support the promotion and implementation of the School District of Philadelphia Wellness Policy, adopted in September of 2006. The Wellness Policy reinforces the District's commitment to the health of school comm
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