Looking for fun and creative ways to stay active? Join the UAMS STAR team from home as we lead you toward healthier, more active lives.
What is STAR?
School Telemedicine in Arkansas (STAR) is a unique, wildly successful Arkansas-based program that motivates and guides 5th through 8th grade students to reduce and prevent obesity and address behavioral health concerns at school and at home. Created through a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant in 2016, STAR has been repeatedly recognized by its students, school officials and national organizations for its ability to effectively prevent and reduce obesity by making fitness and nutrition fun for young adults. Having served approximately 1,500 students in four rural school districts in Arkansas, STAR leaders are searching for new schools and geographic areas to expand its influential message of school-based fitness, weight loss and balanced mental health.
STAR blends live interactive telemedicine services and interactive web-based education to empower Arkansas’s children and adolescents to live healthier, more active lives through healthy lifestyle promotion and psychiatric behavioral health.
STAR delivers school-based obesity prevention and reduction through a partnership between the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Healthy lifestyle promotion is broken into two tiers:
PBS Arkansas AMI – Weekly Challenges
Plus, there are more segments to come in the upcoming weeks!
Despite COVID-19 physically closing schools for the remainder of the school year, STAR is able to provide students access to a range of services with more virtual options, including:
Check out STAR’s website or social media for more:
The STAR Team would like to thank Arkansas PBS for the opportunity to provide resources to Arkansans to help live healthier lifestyles. We hope our efforts will keep students healthy, both of mind and body, now and in the future.
This publication was made possible by grant number H2ARH30305 from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS.
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