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Teachers eye weight loss
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Nearly 100 Warren County teachers are eyeing slimmer waistlines thanks to a grant obtained by the school system.
According to Cheryl Kelley, director of school health for Warren County Schools, the offering of services to help with weight loss for county educators comes courtesy of a $10,000 diabetes grant obtained by the school system.
Kelley said one thing that is being offered to school employees is free memberships in the Weight Watchers program and participation in a healthy eating program.
“So far we have 88 who have indicated they are interested,” Kelley told the School Board in announcing the grant and program.
In addition to revealing the healthier teachers program, Kelley told the School Board the school health office has overseen health screenings for 3,176 students in Warren County schools.
Kelley made a report of the findings. The most children referred for further action involved vision referrals where 212 children failed the eye exam. Next highest were 103 children who did not perform well on the hearing exam.
Kelley noted, with some concern, there were 36 children found with high blood pressure, many of those in grades K-8.