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District partners with the Health Promotion Center of Glens Falls Hospital to promote physical activity for preschoolers

The Health Promotion Center at Glens Falls Hospital is pleased to announce the efforts of Whitehall Elementary School to increase wellness among their preschoolers. The goal of this partnership is to further promote health and wellness for the district’s students, faculty, staff, and community. The district benefits from the support of “Creating Healthy Schools and Communities” (CHSC), a New York State Department of Health grant secured by Glens Falls Hospital.

Since partnering with Glens Falls Hospital’s Health Promotion Center, Whitehall Central School District has benefited over the last 6 years, including assistance with their Wellness Policy and Wellness Committee, added physical education units including archery and snowshoeing, and a newly implemented indoor gardening program.

Most recently CHSC supported students at the preschool level.  A new area on the playground allows them to run, jump, and wheel safely.  CHSC procured a caterpillar to climb upon, a horse to rock on, and a stationary “Merry go Bicycle” that allows students to practice their peddling skills.

The elementary school principal Adriana Strong shared, "The impact of the newly installed playground equipment for our preschool students truly allows for them to have their own special space." 

The CHSC initiative strives to increase physical activity and access to healthy foods in our communities and schools, whether this be through school districts, early childcare centers, worksites, or community settings.  If you are interested in joining the Whitehall School Wellness Committee please reach out to Jon Ott, Food Service Director at [email protected].

The Health Promotion Center of Glens Falls Hospital works to improve the health and well-being of the people and communities in our region. Present work focuses on strategies to make it easier for people to eat well, be tobacco-free, be physically active, and obtain preventative care. This work is currently supported through numerous grant-funded initiatives housed within the Health Promotion Center, including Creating Healthy Schools and CommunitiesHealth Systems for a Tobacco-Free NY, and Cancer Prevention in Action programs.

For questions regarding these grants or The Health Promotion Center of Glens Falls Hospital contact 518-926-5919.


About Glens Falls Hospital:

Glens Falls Hospital serves patients across five diverse counties in an area that spans 6,000 square miles of New York’s Adirondack region. Founded in 1897, the main Glens Falls Hospital campus is home to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, the Joyce Stock Snuggery Childbirth Center, the Breast Center, and the Wound Healing Center. Along with the main hospital, more than 20 regional facilities provide a vast array of specialized medical and surgical services, including coronary care, behavioral health care, rehabilitation, and wellness services. A not-for-profit organization, Glens Falls Hospital is the largest employer in the Adirondack region, with over 2,500 employees and a medical staff of more than 460 providers. Glens Falls Hospital is a member of the Albany Med Health System, which also includes Albany Medical Center, Albany Medical College, Columbia Memorial Health, Saratoga Hospital, and the Visiting Nurses. The region’s largest locally governed health system, it has 1,520 beds, more than 800 physicians and 125 outpatient locations serving the region’s three million people.

“This project is supported with funds from the State of New York.”