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Get Up, Get Moving, and Have Fun with UAMS STAR! — Arkansas AMI

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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.

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STAR Services

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:

  • Tier 1 offers all students fitness, nutrition and behavioral health support.
  • Tier 2 offers at-risk students all of the same offerings in Tier 1 but uses telemedicine technology to facilitate student counseling sessions with nutrition, exercise science or behavioral health professionals once a month.
  • HealthyNow Coaching from Learn on Demand on Vimeo.

    PBS Arkansas AMI – Weekly Challenges

    Week 4

  • K-2nd grade: Frogger Jumps – How many can you do in one minute?
  • 3-5th grade: Jumping Jacks – Flip a coin 5 times (heads = 5 jumping jacks and tails = 10 jumping jacks)
  • 6-8th grade: Jumpers – How many can you do in one minute?
  • K-2nd grade: Jog in Place - How many can you do in one minute?
  • 3-5th grade: Tree Pose – Challenge family members to see who can hold it the longest.
  • 6-8th grade: Warrior Pose – Challenge family members to see who can hold it the longest.
  • Week 5

  • K-2nd grade: Inchworms – How many can you do in one minute?
  • 3-5th grade: Speed Skaters – How many can you do in one minute?
  • 6-8th grade: Football Shuffle – How many can you do in one minute?
  • Week 6

  • K-2nd grade:: Windmills – How many can you do in one minute?
  • 3-5th grade: Mountain Climbers – How many can you do in one minute?
  • 6-8th grade: Squats – Flip a coin 5 times (heads = 3 squats and tails = 5 squats)
  • Plus, there are more segments to come in the upcoming weeks!

    UAMS STAR Team Playing Basketball

    Ongoing Activities

    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:

  • One-on-one telemedicine consultations with registered dietitians, exercise science consultants, and behavioral health consultants (COVID-19 modification: at home telemedicine consultations)
  • Weekly physical activity and nutrition challenges led by college-student mentors
  • Physical activity videos for a wide range of skill levels, led by college-student mentors
  • Online fun and interactive educational modules that follow the state health education framework
  • Additional healthy lifestyle promotion social media content
  • Weekly physical activity challenges for all  Arkansas PBS AMI age ranges
  • HealthyNOW Summer Wellness Retreat (COVID-19 modification: definitive decisions to follow Governor Hutchinson’s declaration and guidance on re-openings in Arkansas)
  • Check out STAR’s website or social media for more:

    uamsstar.com 

    Facebook: STARUAMSIDHI

    Instagram: UAMSSTAR

    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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