Healthy Hoops® Coalition
The collaboration between private organizations, the public sector, community groups, and health care experts is the key to Healthy Hoops®’ success. It creates a strong link between people and organizations whose aim is to better the health of the community, one member at a time.
An educational seminar developed by nationally recognized educators and based on national standards provides continuing education units for school nurses, recreational coaches, childcare providers, day care staff, parents, community based organizations, and physical education teachers.
At this event, participants register for mandatory health screenings, participate in basketball drills conducted by professional basketball coaches, and learn health prevention and intervention techniques from health care experts. This event is held at a child and family friendly attractive venue.
All participants are required to undergo full physicals and pre- and post-program health screenings. The health screenings are used to assess each participant’s health status, assess medications, review appropriate medication use, establish a personalized action plan, and evaluate results.
The final event is a full-day basketball clinic, where participants are rewarded for their progress with a day of basketball and fun. Participants undergo a second round of screenings to ensure they are healthy enough to participate in the day’s basketball drills. Parents participate in workshops about living with and managing their child’s asthma.
Parental participation is a mandatory component of Healthy Hoops®. At each event described above, there are workshops for parents that provide management tips, prevention facts, and information about the importance of complying with the treatment plan(s) that their providers prescribe for their children.
Family Fit Program
This initiative focuses on obesity and weight management and promotes cardiovascular health by combining exercise with nutritional education and the importance of healthy lifestyles. The emphasis is on having fun with the entire family while getting fit, through diverse physical activities. This program helps sustain the motivations and efforts of the children and their families that were learned in the Healthy Hoops Program.
Environmental Home Check-Up
If the child does not respond appropriately to the asthma action plan, an assessment of the participant’s home is conducted. The home check-up is important because it helps identify other triggers that may exacerbate an asthma attack, such as animal hair, cockroaches, smoke, and mold.