PHILADELPHIA PA – Health eTools, a web-based program that can track students’ health records and create customized exercise plans to meet their needs, will be made available to elementary and high schools operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the archdiocese and insurer Independence Blue Cross said Friday (Jan. 9, 2009).
The program is expected, over time, to be set up in all 182 elementary and 20 high schools run by the archdiocese across the five-county Philadelphia region. They include St. Pius X High School, 844 N. Keim St., Lower Pottsgrove; Blessed Theresa of Calcutta Education Center, 256 Swamp Pike, Limerick; and St. Aloysius School in Pottstown. More than 80,000 students would be affected overall.
Dr. Richard McCarron, archdiocesan education secretary, said Health eTools would give school nurses, teachers, administrators, and parents the ability to help students adopt healthy lifestyles and reduce obesity. The program also is expected to ensure school administrators more easily comply with federal and state mandates regarding health and wellness.
The program includes more than 500 lesson plans for all grade levels that teach physical education and nutrition.