HealthWorks! helps Alcorn schools

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Two Alcorn County schools each received a $1,000 grant from HealthWorks! of Tupelo last week for their efforts to become more healthy.
Glen Elementary School and Alcorn Central Middle School health councils have been working with HealthWorks! since last fall to help students incorporate healthy eating into their daily lives.
Kathy Tucker, HealthWorks! coordinator of outreach and innovation, presented the checks and certificates at a recent school board meeting. The funding is supported by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.
“One aspect of the program is for the schools to prepare a wellness plan, and Alcorn Central has already finalized its plan,” Tucker said. “Glendale has provided asthma training for teachers and staff because there are a number of students who are affected by the illness.”
Other plans include installing school cameras, including more health education programs in professional development, implementing a Grab and Go Breakfast Cart and presenting anti-bullying programs.
HealthWorks! staff mentor the school health councils made up of school and community representatives so the councils can be a resource on all aspects of school health programs. HealthWorks! has mentored 10 schools in Northeast Mississippi throughout the school year.
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