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            Program Spotlight:

            Healthy Kids Outreach Program

            For ten years, Mercy Foundation has been helping kids throughout our county have the best possible health and
            educational opportunities for personal success. Healthy Kids Outreach Program, or HKOP,  helps Douglas County kids be
            at their very best.  It’s exciting to see how kid’s health attitudes and behaviors improve when HKOP is in their local
            The Healthy Kids Outreach Program goal is to enhance the health of children throughout Douglas County in the
            following three ways:

            Dental Screenings and Treatments - With generous grants from the Oregon Community Foundation, Ford Family
            Foundation, Ronald McDonald Charities, the Walmart Foundation, and Advantage Dental, Healthy Kids staff started rolling
            out the addition of onsite dental clinics in 2011.  Students receive a dental screening, sealants, and fluoride varnishes to
            protect them from getting cavities as they grow. Students also go home with a “dental” report card and care kits that
            include a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss.

            Healthy Education - The Healthy Kids Outreach Program provides comprehensive health education at area schools,
            teaching kids how to stay healthy and make healthier choices. Educating kids on the fundamentals of personal and dental
            hygiene, communicable disease prevention, nutrition, exercise and heart health, and character development ensures a
            healthier community long into the future. With grant funding provided by Regence, HKOP partnered with OSU
            Extensions’ SNAP Ed program to offer Kids in the Kitchen cooking classes for students in grades six through eight at
            Fremont and Jo Lane middle schools. Kids in the Kitchen fills a much needed gap in helping educate students about
            choosing and preparing nutritious meals that provide a foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle. This program
            continues to grow and now includes Sutherlin West, Days Creek and Glide elementary schools.

            Connection to Care - The HKOP provides connection to appropriate community health care resources for children and
            families right at school, helping to remove barriers that many rural-based families face.

            About half of Douglas County children and families live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and about
            half of these kids don't have health insurance. Many of their families face transportation and financial barriers that HKOP
            work to help them overcome, especially in rural communities.

            HKOP Pedals new “Rock the Bike”

                                              With help from the Tree of Hope Committee, the Healthy Kids Outreach Program
                                              purchased a “Fender Blender Pro” bike from Rock the Bike for the SNAP-Ed program
                                              - yep, a bicycle that blends and makes great smoothies through peddle power!

                          7                   The Fender Blender Pro brings together fun, fitness, health, nourishment, and
                                              sustainability. HKOP is enjoying sharing it with Douglas County!
                            17                A Five Star Review:

                                              “On behalf of the students and staff at Tri City Elementary we would like to thank the
                                              Mercy Foundation and Kathy Bates, Family and Community Health Education Program
                                              Assistant, for allowing students and staff to have the opportunity to experience the
                                              enjoyment of the blender bike. The blender bike was used for teaching students the
                                              healthier side of smoothies and grinding wheat to make flour.  I would recommend any
                                              school look into purchasing a blender bike to remind students eating healthy can be
                                              fun. “  - Mary Pettibone, Behavior Attendance Monitor,  Tri City Elementary
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