St. Paul School Based Health Program began with the 2005-06 school year. The program is generously funded by a grant from The Sisters of Saint Joseph Health and Wellness Foundation and provides a nurse, guidance counselor, and a clerical aid position for the school.
Services provided for students and their families include:
- Preventative Health Screenings
- Basic First Aid
- Classroom Education
- Individual and Family Counseling
- Group Sessions
- Individual Mental Health Assessments
- Classroom Education
In addition, services also provided for the parish and community include:
- Fall Health Fair
- Health Screenings
- Blood Pressure Checks
- Height/Weight/Body Mass Index Monitoring
- Healthy Nutrition Education
Health screening provided to St. Joseph School also.
- Jill Mullens, RN, BSN
- Erin McFarland, M.Ed., LPC
- Angie Impellicceiri
St. Paul’s school-based health program received a $5,000 grant from the Highmark Foundation to encourage healthy eating and physical activity. This is the third consecutive year St. Paul School has received a Building Sustainable and Lasting Changes in Schools grant.
Through the support of the Highmark Foundation, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and the Sisters of Saint Joseph, the school will implement health programs, increase awareness of healthy eating and physical activity by implementing the ‘5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! Program.’
“The program will impact students in kindergarten through eighth grade and will include nutritional education, taste-testing, a portable garden, gym equipment needed to continue with the Youth Fitness Assessment Program and admission to Millsop Community Center during inclement weather,” according to Jill Mullens, school nurse for St. Paul School. “Engaging children in healthy eating and regular physical activity can lower their risk for obesity and related chronic diseases.”
The Highmark Foundation is a private, charitable organization of Highmark Inc. that supports initiatives and programs aimed at improving community health, well-being and quality of life.
“The Highmark Foundation strives to jumpstart programs that not only promote the health of young people but help them establish lifelong healthy habits,” said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook. “We are proud to support St. Paul School through this grant to help create a school environment that encourages healthy eating and regular physical activity.”
For more information on the foundation and its programs, visit www.highmarkfoundation.org.
Those attending the announcement of the grant were, from left, school nurse Jill Mullens, Principal Lucas Parsons, Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook, school phys ed instructor Beth McCarthy. Also in attendance and not shown in photo were Melesse Wiersbicki, Emma Impellicceiri, Sara Impellicceiri, and Jenna Costello.