At Partners in Learning we have an regionally recognized wellness program that involved the staff and families and children we serve.
Partners in Learning Child Development and Family Resource Center’s Wellness Program has received both awards and financial support.
Each year Partners in Learning continues to advance its mission of providing a model wellness program and ensuring quality services to all children, said Executive Director Norma Honeycutt. I am proud the center has a wellness director and committee that work hard to help make positive changes which took place in a short amount of time.
WorkHealthy America and Prevention Partners have awarded Partners in Learning with the Excellence Recognition for reaching the highest standards in workplace health and prevention. We achieved this recognition by earning straight As in four modules of WorkHealthy America, a Prevention Partners initiative addressing tobacco use, physical activity, nutrition, and the overall culture around health and wellness. The Excellence Recognition honors Our commitment to employee health as demonstrated by its policies, programs and benefits to support employee health, optimize employee productivity, and integrate wellness into daily operations.
The center was also recognized at an annual conference and received the statewide Innovative Policy to Create a Healthier Environment Award from the North Carolina Child and Adult Care Food Program, Eating Smart, Moving More.
The Margaret C. Woodson Foundation also awarded the center $8,000 to support the program.
The program is overseen by Wellness Coordinator David Freeze, a wellness committee and members of the administrative staff. The hallways of the center are decorated with nutrition information and parent classes are offered for wellness education. The center has an outdoor learning environment, green house, chicken coop, and nutrition and physical activity curriculum.
The nutrition curriculum, More Than Mud Pies, provides both staff and children with enjoyable activities that encourage positive ideas about nutrition and food. There are 54 lessons built around the seasons of the year. Children use age-appropriate activities to learn about growth, nutrition and preparation of foods.
The physical activity curriculum is based on the Special Olympics Young Athletes program, a unique sport and play program for pre-school children. The program focuses on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. Children ages 2 1/2 to 7 years of age enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
The staff is also involved in the program with staff development and by modeling for the children. Staff members are offered gym membership reimbursement and breaks to take time to exercise. Staff members eat the food the center serves in a family-style manner with the children. No outside food is allowed in classrooms to be consumed in front of the children.
David Freeze, Wellness Coach
David is a certified personal trainer and nationally certified fitness coach. David has completed more than 75,000 running miles and 24 marathons. He has a BA in Business Administration from Catawba College and a MS in Organizational Leadership from Pfeiffer University. David coaches runners, beginners to accomplished, in individual and group settings. He also teaches fitness classes at Rowan Regional Medical Center, the VA Medical Center, and Rowan Cabarrus Community College.
David has cycled across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, from Maine to Key West and from Alabama to Ontario, Canada.
He has two daughters, Ashley and Amber and owns a small farm.