September 15, 2008
Recovery School District Honors InnerLink With the Internship Partner of the Year Award
LANCASTER, Pa., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- InnerLink, Inc., an innovative developer of health and safety solutions, has been honored with the Recovery School District Internship Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding leadership and innovation in advancing opportunities for student interns in New Orleans.
"We are deeply honored to take on this project with the Recovery School District," said Robert Gillio, M.D., chairman and CEO of InnerLink. "We witnessed transformations from all of the students as they advanced significantly in their health literacy and leadership skills."
The Recovery School District recognized InnerLink, the New Orleans Department of Health, and 40 high school interns on July 16, 2008 for their work in promoting healthy choices and health education. InnerLink managed, trained, and supported the high school senior interns' implementation of the Steps to a Healthier New Orleans school project that focused on preventing chronic diseases caused by obesity, poor diet, inactivity, and smoking. During a 12-week period, seniors who participated in the internship program, Student Health Corps, presented lessons on fitness, nutrition, and smoking prevention to more than 3,000 middle school students. These student interns were given specialized training weekly by InnerLink, which is creating a culture of wellness through private and public partnerships. "We were impressed with the incredible response the middle school students had to the lesson plans delivered by the high school seniors. During that period, we observed a remarkable capacity expansion achieved by the 40 interns that reached more than 3,000 students with fitness, nutrition, and smoking prevention lesson plans," said Gillio.
"We believe that this program could be a national model for preparing students to be health advocates and health professionals," said Recovery School District superintendent Paul Vallas. "Our students were extremely motivated and as dedicated to their mission as any professional." In the 2008- 2009 school year, the Student Health Corps program at the Recovery School District is targeting an expansion to 120 interns. These interns will work in their school districts as peer mentors and guides for healthier choices and participate in community outreach on public health priorities such as promoting vaccinations and preventative measures such as blood pressure screenings.
For more information on the Recovery School District visit http://www.nolapublicschools.net/ .
Headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, InnerLink, is an innovative developer of web-based health and safety solutions for schools, communities and healthcare professionals. The organization's mission is to help people live healthier, safer lives through education, collaboration, data sharing and community involvement. InnerLink's software provides the link for knowledge, skills and practical applications across disciplines and communities to improve the health and safety of its users. For more information, go to http://www.theinnerlink.com/.
CONTACT: Cathy Hoffman of InnerLink, Inc., +1-717-381-4282,[email protected]
Web site: http://www.theinnerlink.com/http://www.nolapublicschools.net/