UPMC Health Plan Adds Wesley Spectrum Services Schools To We Can! Pittsburgh Roll Call
Teachers at the Wesley Spectrum Services’ Academy and Integrated Services schools will be trained on how to implement We Can! programming in a structured school environment. That includes health education for students’ parents and families, upgrades to fitness equipment, healthy fruit and vegetable snacks throughout the school day, and the tracking of physical activities during school hours, apart from gym classes.
Wesley Spectrum Services’ three schools (Academy, Integrated Services, and Highland) specialize in helping students ages 6-21 who risk failure for one or more mental or behavioral health reasons, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, and drug or alcohol abuse. Children with these conditions are predisposed to physical health issues like overweight, obesity, and diabetes.
“People with behavioral health disability live, on average, 20 years less than their healthy counterparts. We Can! at Wesley Spectrum is the perfect opportunity to leverage UPMC Health Plan’s health and wellness expertise, to help these children and their families live healthier, more fulfilling lives,” said
UPMC Health Plan gave a similar grant to Wesley Spectrum in 2010, which the organization used to implement We Can! programming at its Highland School in
“The results at Highland are encouraging. After We Can!, many students demonstrated an improved self-concept and stress management as well as a more positive attitude toward being active and eating nutritiously,” said
We Can! is a national movement developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that helps children ages 8-13 improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and decrease screen time (TV, computers, and video games).
UPMC Health Plan is a corporate partner of We Can! and spearheaded the We Can!
Visit www.upmchealthplan.com/about/wecan.html for more information about We Can!
About UPMC Health Plan
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About Wesley Spectrum Services
Wesley Spectrum Services is a non-profit social services organization that provides transformational support for children and families as they strive to become more independent, responsible and caring members of the community. We offer a wide array of integrated autism, behavioral health, education and family support services to meet the complex needs of children and families in western
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