Gina Smith, a MA, CHES and coordinator for Griffin Hospital's Valley Initiative to Advance Health & Learning in Schools, and Ruth Lazenby, of Massaro Community Farm, talked with the HAN Network Wednesday about their work in local schools.
Both talk about the work underway now by VITAHLS and what is coming in the near future.
Watch the interview below:
The goals of VITAHLS are to reduce the prevalence of obesity and to promote the health, wellbeing, and academic readiness of students enrolled in the four Valley school districts, develop a comprehensive and sustainable obesity prevention initiative that focuses on nutrition and physical activity for children and to extend the health promotion efforts to include parents/family and school staff.
Smith organizes VITAHLS programs with the Valley school districts and its many partners. She also develops plans to expand the program beyond schools with programs for the community/families in the Valley. Lazenby works closely with our local schools, particularly those in Ansonia, to teach nutrition information and help create school garden programs.
Some of the VITAHLS programs in local schools include: The annual Healthy Cooking Challenge, Nutrition Detectives, ABCs for Fitness, NuVal, school gardens, and staff wellness.
For more information, visit griffinhealth.org/VITAHLS
You can also find the program on Facebook and follow VITAHLSCT on Pinterest.