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Turn 2 Us Healthy Lifestyles
School-based mental health promotion and prevention program
In June 2001, Turn 2 Us was created as a collaborative effort between Public School 128M of Washington Heights, Morgan Stanley's Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, and Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation. The Foundation chose to demonstrate its commitment to the community by supporting the implementation of a program that would promote healthy lifestyles and leadership among its elementary age children and their families.
Through this collaborative effort, the Healthy Schools Healthy Families Initiative evolved. In 2007, the program expanded to include Public School 4M. The promotion of overall well-being is achieved via a holistic approach that encompasses mental health, educational support, physical activity, and nutrition which leads to the development of healthier minds and bodies.
On-Site School Based Health Initiatives
Turn 2 Us/HSHF is a school-based collaboration where health professionals partner with school staff and community organizations to assess the needs of children and their families; then mobilize resources to address those needs for two elementary schools in Northern Manhattan.
The goals are to:
Turn 2 Us Comprehensive Wellness Program Mission
The mission is to enable youth to internalize different methods which encourage healthy lifestyles through a variety of physical and psycho-educational awareness activities. These activities are aimed to prevent at-risk behaviors that research indicates may lead to health and mental health related issues, i.e. early on-set diabetes, obesity, use of drugs or alcohol, truancy and drop out.
Prevention is vital at an early age as this will contribute to the future success and development of children. Working with the PS 128M and PS 4M community as a whole, will provide role models that will create a positive message so as to foster healthy minds and bodies; leading to healthier lives and success.
The comprehensive program involves children, parents and teachers in a variety of strategies and techniques. This contributes to the youth's heightened health consciousness, self confidence, self-esteem, perseverance and positive decision making processes.
The School Based Mental Health Program is also an integral partner. It is part of the Pediatric Psychiatry Service at MS-CHONY and is a collaboration with the NYC Department of Education and Health and Mental Hygiene. It provides a comprehensive range of services, including; psychiatry, psychosocial and psychological evaluation, individual, group and family therapy, teacher consultation, and crisis intervention.
Healthy Lifestyles and Wellness
The Healthy Lifestyles Program encompasses myriad activities for children, parents, and staff that promote healthy lifestyles, mental wellness and academic support. This program also encourages the involvement of parents and children in local community activities which strengthen family structure and improves community awareness.
Ongoing Activities that focus on Healthy Lifestyles include, but are not limited to:
School Staff Support:
Spring Mentorship Program:
2008-09 Program Highlights
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