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Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital collaborates with Preston County Schools to educate on health topics

Posted Date: 3/3/2020
Jody Varda, Physical Therapy Manager, and Luke Senko, Wheeling Jesuit University Physical Therapy student, talk to Bruceton Elementary Students about Exercise and Nutrition.


As a community hospital, Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital aims to enhance the health of the communities served, one person at a time. Health education is essential for all ages but is particularly crucial for school-aged children. From proper handwashing techniques to ideas about how to stay active during cold winter months, PMH employees educate students by providing tips to lead a healthy lifestyle.

PMH works with all 10 public schools throughout Preston County to educate students on a variety of relevant health topics. Through many established collaborations to support each entity, PMH fills requests from schools based on need and availability. Topics for discussion include E-Cigarette/Vaping usage, stress management, minor first-aid education, exercise and nutrition, germ prevention, healthy handwashing and more. Educational presentations are held during school hours, at special events and during specific programs such as After School Explorers. Employees also engage students, guardians and teachers through activities at back to school celebrations, parent-teacher conferences, Lights on After School, wellness family nights and many additional monthly and yearly events.

Melissa Lockwood, Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital President and CEO, notes that PMH wants to help educate and support the surrounding communities. “As a community-focused organization, if we receive a request for health-related education, especially for students, we do everything possible to fulfill that request. It is what we are here for,” said Lockwood. “In 2019, our employees visited Preston County schools over 17 times through a variety of engagements.”

To request an educational health presentation contact Kim Liston, PMH Community Programs Coordinator, at (304) 329 – 2597.

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