AmeriHealth Caritas, a national leader in Medicaid managed care, has partnered with the Philadelphia Eagles to launch the first in-classroom health and fitness learning modules associated with the National Football League (NFL). The modules will provide engaging information focused on health, nutrition and physical fitness for elementary and middle school-aged children.
The goal of these modules, part of the commitment by AmeriHealth Caritas' two Pennsylvania Medicaid managed care plans to support community-based health initiatives, is to help students understand the habits that impact their overall health and help them to make more informed decisions about diet and exercise. More than 140 Pennsylvania public schools in Philadelphia County, Delaware County, Allentown, Reading and Lancaster have access to the modules.
The schools have been selected based on having student populations from low - or moderate-income households in communities that have a great need for additional resources. The modules will be available to these schools for three years.
This serves as the first in-classroom, educational program sponsored/supported by the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL, as existing efforts primarily focus on the benefits of healthy habits and proper exercise outside the four walls of schools.
The initiative is part of an ongoing, strategic partnership between AmeriHealth Caritas and the Philadelphia Eagles, aimed at addressing the social determinants of health that impact families in the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond.