Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities Program Promoted Prevention and Wellness in Cities across the United States
December 2011 — In 2011 Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities program provided free medical and dental services to more than 5,000 children and their caregivers throughout the United States in Donaldsonville, LA.; Miami, FL.; Fairfax, SC; Bridgeport, CT.; Troy, AL.; and La Habra, CA. Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities promotes access to health care, prevention, and wellness for underserved communities by providing free medical and dental screenings at events that are fun and engaging for the community. Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities is annually co-sponsored by Henry Schein, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, and state and local community health organizations and is supported by Henry Schein's supplier partners.
"Henry Schein is deeply grateful for the commitment of our partner community health organizations and for the generosity of our valued supplier partners in working together with us to enhance access to care for the underserved in cities across the United States," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. and Chairman of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. "The success of the Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities program underscores the importance of preventative care in the fight against chronic diseases, and the powerful impact that securing a 'health home' can have in the improvement of the overall health of patients."
At each Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities event, local physicians, nurses, dentists, and community volunteers screen for five diseases and associated risk factors that commonly affect children—hypertension, asthma, diabetes, obesity, and poor oral health. In addition, participating children and their caregivers receive educational materials about ways to prevent and treat these problems, information about returning for a flu vaccination later in the season, and assistance in finding a local community health center where they may receive health care on a regular basis.