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Online program aimed at making kids healthier

WASHINGTON, Mo. (AP) - An online program provided at no cost by a Catholic-run health care system in four states is helping school districts promote health education.

The program called HealthTeacher is being provided to districts in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma - the four states in which the St. Louis-based Sisters of Mercy Health System operates. The Washington Missourian (http://bit.ly/wk1WMI) reports that 214 schools have already signed up to use the program.

The HealthTeacher curriculum focuses on physical and mental health, nutrition, injury prevention, anatomy and the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and drug use. Educators decide which lessons to use, and how to use them.

Providing the program is part of a $5 million, 5-year commitment by Sisters of Mercy for health education.

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