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News Room: Press Releases

Virtua makes wellness fun for high school students

A group of Virtua employees spent the day screening, quizzing and stretching students at Shawnee High School – all with the goal of encouraging them to make healthy choices. Virtua partnered with Shawnee to sponsor a Wellness Day on May 18 for nearly 1,700 students and provided a variety of interactive health demonstrations and screenings.

Activities included a paramedic simulator that allowed students to act as emergency medical technicians, skin cancer screenings, yoga demonstrations, body mass index assessments and information on concussions, nutrition and medical careers. Other highlights included a healthy cooking demonstration by Cork restaurant and a guest appearance by former NFL player Fred Baxter who encouraged students to participate in fitness activities with Virtua’s Center for Athletic Performance.

The successful event was a collaborative effort between many disciplines at Virtua and is part of the John M. Tedeschi Pediatric Institute’s commitment to providing community wellness programs.

 

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.