Managed Health Services (MHS) is helping nearly 5,000 elementary students learn about healthy eating. Every Kid Healthy Week takes place April 22-26 at several schools in Fort Wayne.
MHS is helping 10 schools celebrate the 7th Annual Every Kid Healthy Week, which promotes healthy eating, nutrition education, physical activity and physical education. MHS is providing an opportunity for students to try new fruits and vegetables every day of the week. Teachers will encourage students to try avocado, zucchini, kiwi, kumquats and jicama. The kids will learn about the benefits of the highlighted foods each day. At the end of the week, the students will receive a recipe booklet to make fun meals at home using the new foods they’ve tried.
“Fort Wayne Community Schools is honored to partner with MHS during Every Kid Healthy Week to bring new fresh fruits and vegetables to ten of our buildings. During the taste tests, students will also receive education on fruits and vegetables. At FWCS, we are working toward building healthier schools, and this will give the students an opportunity to taste things they might normally not try,” Fort Wayne Community Schools Wellness Coordinator Gina Dundon said.
“We know kids do better in school when they are fueled with healthy food,” said MHS President and CEO Kevin O’Toole. “MHS is proud to support this program that will encourage kids to sample healthy foods and make healthy choices in the future.”
Through our Adopt-A-School program, MHS is partnering with Glenwood Park, Haley, Holland, Lincoln, Lindley, Harris, Irwin, Shambaugh, Abbett and Price Elementary Schools in Fort Wayne. Hundreds of students will participate at each school. The goal of the Every Kid Healthy campaign is to make sure every child is well nourished, physically active, healthy and ready to learn. You can learn more about the annual observance at everykidhealthyweek.org.
Managed Health Services (MHS) is a managed care entity that has been proudly serving the state of Indiana for more than 20 years through the Hoosier Healthwise and Hoosier Care Connect Medicaid programs; and the Healthy Indiana (HIP) Medicaid alternative program. MHS also offers Ambetter from MHS in the Indiana health insurance marketplace, and Allwell from MHS, a Medicare Advantage plan. All of our plans include quality, comprehensive coverage with a provider network you can trust. Visit mhsindiana.com to learn more. MHS is a wholly-owned subsidy of Centene Corporation®, a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise offering both core Medicaid and specialty services.