Panorama City physician Carlos Mendez, MD, led a walking field trip with third-grade students, parents and staff from Ranchito Elementary school to the Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Farmers Market Nov. 19. Along the way, Mendez showcased interactive booths at the Farmers Market and chatted with the families about the benefits of physical activity and filling their plates with fresh fruits and vegetables.
The field trip, part of Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) initiative, is one of many ongoing programs to connect with children, parents and educators in the community. Additional programs include:
- Thriving Schools: These student-focused interventions are designed to foster a culture of long-term wellness in school communities. The Thriving Schools website offers free, ready-to-use tools and resources that are available for all – not just Kaiser Permanente members.
- Educational Theatre: Reaching a quarter of a million children and adults annually, for more than 25 years, this award-winning program has inspired children, teens and adults to develop effective health-education programs, including school assemblies and classroom and parent workshops. All programs are free to eligible schools and community groups and cover Literacy Promotion (Grades K-2), Obesity Prevention (Grades 4-5), Conflict Management (Grades 3-5), Adolescent Bullying Prevention (Grades 6-8), and STD/HIV Prevention (Grades 9-12.)
Panorama City physician Dr. Mendez, MD, says, “We know that a cycle of unhealthy eating and inactivity in kids can lead to major problems down the road,” says Mendez. “Today’s field trip is a testament of our mission to deliver great care, while also empowering children, parents and teachers with fun and creative outlets to promote wellness.”
For more information on Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools, visit https://kp.org/thrivingschools.