Part of the health and wellness initiatives in the eight school districts in Lycoming County and Penn College are to help employees recognize that many preventative illnesses can be avoided by simple life changes in exercise and diet.
Since February was Heart Health Month, the Lycoming County school districts and Penn College participated in Wear Red Days to recognize that heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women in the United States.
An email campaign delivering educational messages to employees weekly about heart health helped them to recognize what heart disease can do to their health and ways to avoid some of those pitfalls.
Activities were planned in several districts and Penn College. Many of them bought "Rock the Beat" t-shirts and held dress down days with the donated money going to the American Heart Association.
There were blood pressure screenings in several districts as well as some nutritional events in others for employees. Many school districts involve students in their Wear Red days to show support in the fight against heart disease.
In total, the Lycoming County school districts and Penn College donated close to $2,000 in the month of February for the American Heart Association.