Monday, January 28, 2013

Denver Post Highlights Healthy Living Program


By Francie Swidler
The Denver Post

Marie Seale 
Roughly two years ago, Marie Seale, an unemployed mother of two, didn't have much to feel optimistic about.

Between two sons battling symptoms of obesity, a husband with multiple and immediate medical needs, a denied application for Medicaid and increasing financial responsibilities, Seale knew she needed to ask for help.

She began by enrolling her family in Healthy Living, a six-week program sponsored by Community Health Services, the school-based health care provider that her children see.
Seale's life began to change. Her sons, now 15 and 12, became healthier eaters and started earning higher marks in school. Her family was able to obtain a working refrigerator. Seale started the process to get her GED. And the family's application for Medicaid was finally accepted.

Community Health Services, a past recipient of funding from Denver Post Charities Season to Share, provides high-quality, low-cost primary care, preventive care and mental health services to those under the age of 21 in Adams County.

There are two Community Health Services stand-alone clinics, but the program focuses primarily on providing services at two middle schools and two high schools. This way, there are no obstacles keeping Adams County students from receiving health care.

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