Health: ‘Eat, Play, Learn’ program at Floyd Family Medicine Residency Clinic, targeting childhood obesity, celebrates first graduates. Honors for Polk Medical Center.

Health: ‘Eat, Play, Learn’ program at Floyd Family Medicine Residency Clinic, targeting childhood obesity, celebrates first graduates. Honors for Polk Medical Center.


Pam Fuller, left, Site Manager for Floyd Family Medicine Residency, congratulates Marvin Portugez and Jessica Morales, right, for getting perfect attendance.


Media release: Young graduates of the Eat, Play, Learn program were celebrated during a recent ceremony at Floyd Family Medicine Residency Clinic for their dedication in completing a program aimed at eliminating childhood obesity.

The program worked with the kids and their parents to create healthier eating and exercise habits during 18 classes held over a nine-month period.

Two graduatesJessica Morales, 7, and Marvin Portuguez, 10 – received Fitbits for having perfect attendance. Both attend East Central Elementary School.

“I really liked running and the exercising,” said Jessica. “The coloring was fun, too.

Marvin said he enjoyed playing soccer and using the agility ladder. The ladders are placed horizontally on the ground, and users step in the spaces between the rungs to improve footwork and agility.

All the kids received one of the ladders and a jump rope. The families also took home bags of fruits and vegetables. Twenty children representing 13 families participated in the program.

Dr. Pamela Obi, who coordinates the program for Floyd, said they already have a waiting list for the next session expected to start this fall.

“It was really rewarding to get to know the kids and their families,” said Dr. Obi. “And I learned from them. You can’t tell them they need to eat better when you’re holding a soft drink in your hand.”

A $5,000 grant from the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance, the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, funded the local program. Only children who attend the Floyd Family Medicine Residency Clinic are eligible to participate. 

From left to right: Kay Johnson, Quality & Systems Improvement Director with the American Heart Association; Tifani Kinard, Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer for Polk Medical Center and Dawn Truett, Quality Liaison and Accreditation Coordinator for Polk Medical Center.


Media release: For the second consecutive year, Polk Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

“We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients with heart failure,” said Tifani Kinard, Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer at Polk Medical Center. “Our partnership with the American Heart Association and the tools and resources they provide help us track and measure our success in meeting guidelines developed to best improve patient outcomes.”

Polk earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before being sent home, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, as well as having a follow-up visit scheduled.

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