• What We Are Doing in our Community

    The Memorial Health Gulfstream Children’s Wellness Program and Center at the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah works to prevent and treat obesity in children and adolescents. Gulfstream Aerospace committed $1 million to the program in 2014. Through the program, we partner with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life program to train healthcare providers, educators, school cafeteria managers, and other people who care for our youth. We also work directly with children and their families to encourage healthy behaviors.

    Partnership with Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

    We work with the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools to provide the following services for children.

    Smarter Lunchrooms Movement and Strong4Life’s School Nutrition Program
    School cafeteria workers receive training to create healthier environments in the lunchroom. Simple changes such as asking, “would you like broccoli or carrots today?” instead of, “would you like a vegetable today?” can make a difference. Our registered dietitians teach schools how to implement the principles of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement.

    Chef and Child Day
    Memorial Health’s executive chef gathers a team of local chefs to take over a school cafeteria for one day. Students are excited by the new lunches and the chefs teach cafeteria staff healthy cooking techniques. Our chef uses “stealth health,” surprising students with recipes such as black bean cupcakes or mushroom meatballs. The kids eat them up before they even know how nutritious they are.

    Children's OutreachNutrition Education
    Our children’s wellness team loves to teach healthy habits. We visit PTA meetings and classrooms and work with school nurses and teachers to share ideas for healthy snacking, smart fundraising, and healthier school celebrations. Request a presentation at your school or event.

    Community Partnerships

    Our children’s wellness team is passionate about preventing childhood obesity and teaching healthy weight management. You’ll often see us at health fairs and schools. We want to reach as many families as we can. If you know of an event that would benefit from our team’s presence and education, contact us at childrenswellness@memorialhealth.com.

    Physician Education
    We partner with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for the Strong4Life Provider Program. This program trains physicians and other healthcare providers on how to start a conversation about childhood obesity within the office. Learn more at Strong4Life.com.