U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin M.D. leads a community walk at Munger School in Detroit

The Nation’s 18th Surgeon General, Regina Benjamin M.D. came to visit Munger Pre-K to 8 School on the southwest side of Detroit on Friday, October 12th. Dr. Benjamin joined 925 students for lunch, led the community in a “Surgeon General’s Walk” around the school and shared the message of the National Prevention Strategy, The First Lady’s Let’s Move obesity initiative and the USDA’s MyPlate healthy food portion program.

The Munger students hosted America’s Doctor in the school cafeteria for a healthy lunch that included Michigan-grown acorn squash.  Benjamin also  enjoyed a tour of the new school and participated in the Henry Ford Health System’s LiveWell Line Dance.

Munger participates in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Farm to School program; a collaboration between the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Office of School Nutrition and the local farming community to bring fresh fruits and vegetables straight to school cafeterias.

The program, which supports Michigan’s farmers and increases students’ exposure to fresh foods, is offered at every DPS school.

The National Prevention Strategy

Dr. Benjamin, chairs the National Prevention Council. She was visiting the Detroit area to hold regional meetings to promote the National Prevention Strategy.  The National Prevention Strategy provides steps that everyone can take – businesses, educators, health care institutions, government, communities and every single American – to help us become a healthy and fit nation.

The National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy is a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.  Created by the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council in consultation with the public and an Advisory Group of outside experts, the Strategy recognizes that good health comes not just from receiving quality medical care but from stopping disease before it starts.  Good health also comes from clean air and water, safe outdoor spaces for physical activity, safe worksites, healthy foods, violence-free environments and healthy homes.  Prevention should be woven into all aspects of our lives, including where and how we live, learn, work and play. Called for by the Affordable Care Act, the National Prevention Strategy includes actions that public and private partners can take to help Americans stay healthy and fit.  It helps move the nation away from a health care system focused on sickness and disease to one focused on wellness and prevention.

Photo Credit: Harold Harris, LSCO Parent Group Leader for Gompers Elementary-Middle School of DPS

 

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