Monday, February 21, 2011

Wellness Class is in Session for Local High School Parents

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Parents of Proviso East High School students will return to class later this week to learn about health and wellness. Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON) and Proviso East will host “Parents’ University” from 5:30-10 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 807 S. First Ave., Maywood, Ill. Classes will include: healthy cooking on a budget; helping your child prepare for college; substance use and abuse in adolescents; prevention of gang affiliation and peer pressure; electronics at home and setting limits; and recognizing depression in your teen. Parents also will have an opportunity to get health screenings and receive education on cancer prevention, wellness and exercise tips. “We educate students about their health on a daily basis at school, but healthy living really starts in the home,” said Colleen Andreoni, DNP, ANP-BC, assistant professor at MNSON and nurse practitioner at Proviso East’s school-based health center. “This event will allow us to engage parents in a discussion about their health to foster wellness within their families.” Nursing faculty and students started this program, an extension of Proviso East’s school-based health center, 10 years ago. The center, which is supported by federal, state and private foundation funding, provides easy access to health-care services for students. The center’s nutrition programs include education, counseling, weight-loss guidance, healthy lunch groups and junk-free zones where students can eat nutritional snacks. These efforts are intended to enhance school performance, fight obesity and improve the health of students. The programs also have increased dietary variety for students and offer tips for healthy meals that they can share with their families. Loyola recently expanded the nutrition program to include peer-support groups, cognitive behavior therapy and coping-skills lessons. “Students who have a strong support network at home are more likely to make healthy food and lifestyle choices,” Dr. Andreoni said. “The goal of Parents’ University is to encourage moms and dads to practice healthy behaviors and serve as positive role models for their teens.”

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.