PRESTONSBURG – Highlands Health System and Passport Health Plan were recently recognized for their sponsorship of the GoNoodle program in the state of Kentucky. The Kentucky Board of Education Health Subcommittee, in partnership with the Kentucky Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, were recognized November 15th and were honored for their efforts for increasing physical activity within our local school systems.
Prestonsburg Elementary was identified by Go Noodle as a top school in the sponsored state region, logging 62,171 minutes from August to October of this year. They were also highlighted for increasing physical activity opportunities for children through implementing comprehensive school physical activity programs.
Highlands and Passport started this initiative just over a year ago in the region, and are pleased that it is so successful.
“We believe physical activity is not an interruption of the learning process, but rather, an integral part of learning,” said Bud Warman, President and CEO of Highlands Health System. “That’s why we’re so excited about the impact this partnership has had on our community, and honored to be recognized”
An interactive resource used in classrooms to increase students’ physical activity and improve their academic performance, GoNoodle is being made available for use in public and private elementary schools in Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, and Martin counties. GoNoodle’s online physical activity breaks, or “brain breaks,” make it easy for teachers to get kids moving inside the classroom and improving students’ behavior, focus, and engagement.
Thanks to the partnership between Highlands and Passport, GoNoodle is also used in the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, and Magoffin county school districts.
Passport Health Plan is a provider-sponsored, non-profit, community-based Medicaid health plan serving more than 200,000 people around Kentucky. Recently named the #19 Medicaid health plan in the United States and the top Medicaid plan ranked in Kentucky by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), Passport has been contracted with Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services to administer Medicaid benefits since 1997 and has been serving the entire Commonwealth since January 1, 2014. For more information, go online to passporthealthplan.com.
Highlands Regional Medical Center (HRMC) is a 192-licensed-bed community-owned, not-for-profit hospital located in Prestonsburg. Highlands serves the Big Sandy region and will develop a healthier community by providing a safe hospital environment, health education, and the promotion of wellness. Highlands Health System, a community-owned, not-for-profit health system, is the parent company for HRMC, the Highlands Center for Autism, Highlands Foundation, and Highlands Home Health. For more information, go online to hrmc.org.