Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Lewis County 4-H, and Lewis County High School have partnered to train LCHS students to be health ambassadors. The program is available, thanks to a grant from the Walmart Foundation.
SJMH CardioPulmonary Nurse Manager Kristi Gannon said the program is for any student interested in the healthcare field, and is open to students in grades nine through 12.
Already in its third year, Lewis County was the initial starting ground for this program in the state, but the goal is to have the program in all 55 counties.
Students meet each Thursday for one hour of health ambassador training with LCHS Health teacher Christie Lybarger. Students use their ambassador skills to teach others in their schools and community about healthier life choices, including exercise and eating.
Lybarger said this is a nice program.
“It’s great to have students who are excited about health and who want to teach others about health,” she added.
Lybarger uses the ambassadors in her own classroom, as well. Students are available to present to elementary schools, church groups, 4-H groups, girl scouts, and any other group.
For more information, call Lybarger at 304-269-8315.