Utilizing a research-proven method, Rap Cool Health teaches students to prevent disease, live healthier and increase their quality of life.



  • Centura Health and St. Thomas More Hospital, one of 13 hospitals in the statewide Centura Health network, are partnering with Canon City School Districts to target students at Lincoln Elementary April 12, 13 and 14, 2011 and McKinley Elementary April 19, 20 and 21, 2011.
  • Centura Health and its network of operating entities is taking the lead on partnering with Colorado communities to implement extensive tools and resources in collaboration with school districts to provide support and guidance, based on evidence-based care and best practices, to ensure healthy long term habits for adults and children as a network-wide community health initiative.
  • The focus on wellness and prevention is a direct result of Centura Healths strategic plan, Centura Health 2020, and providing the system with resources necessary to move upstream and improve the health of the communities it serves.



  • Colorados childhood obesity levels are rising t the second fastest rate in the nation. According to The Colorado Health Foundations 2010 Colorado Health Report Card, Colorado ranked 23rd in the country in childhood obesity, dropping from third place just three short years ago.
  • Between 2003 and 2007, the number of children between the ages of 10-17 years who are obese rose from 48,000 to 72,000 in Colorado with Hispanic children three times more likely to be obese than white children.
  • National data from the National Survey of Children's Health indicate Colorado's children rank 34 out of 50 states for reported vigorous physical activity defined as participating in at least 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity least four days a week.



  • It is estimated that one in three children will develop diabetes in their lifetime.
  • Currently about 39,000 children age 2-19 have Type 2 diabetes.
  • All of these factors increase risk for type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and stroke.
  • Many elementary schools have eliminated health curriculum standards and shortened recess times.



  • Rap Cool Health is a research-proven teaching method that incorporates the best practices of existing health prevention programs with current outcome reviews, behavior change research techniques and multi-media strategies to produce clear, concise messages.
  • The program is based on the Harlem Pilot Project and research published in the Journal of Stroke.
  • Students sing, dance, watch videos, play games and interact with presenters becoming the characters they learn about and participating in tactile concepts that reinforce messages.



  • Centura Health is creating a culture of health for the individuals and communities we serve, focusing on a health care model that fosters healthy lifestyle behaviors through resources and services that extend beyond the walls of the hospital," said Gary Campbell, president and CEO, Centura Health. Our efforts to empower kids through music and dance demonstrate our commitment to promoting personal health and individual activity, and the tremendous power for change that represents for generations to come."
  • "We are pleased to offer the Rap Cool Health program to our students at Lincoln Elementary and McKinley Elementary, said Robin Gooldy, Ph.D., superintendent, Canon City Schools.This will support our efforts to promote healthy and active lifestyles, and is one more example of the valuable partnership we have with Centura Health."



  • Interviews and/or photo and video opportunities available at either Lincoln or McKinley elementary schools.


For more information about the Centura Health network of care, visit www.centura.org.


About Centura Health

Centura Health is Colorados largest hospital and health care network and we are charting the course for the future of health care. Approximately 14,500 of the health care industrys best and brightest with more than 6,000 physician partners, deliver advanced care to more than half a million people each year, across 13 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, affiliated partner hospitals, Flight For Life Colorado, and home care and hospice services. Our strength lies in our ability to offer a team of connected networks and shared resources to deliver accessible, reliable and cost-effective health care across the state. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit www.centura.org.

About St. Thomas More Hospital

St. Thomas More Hospital, a 55-bed facility, is the cornerstone of health care services for Fremont County and surrounding communities. The St. Thomas More Physician Group features The Medical Home, primary care, internal medicine,obstetrics/gynecology services, general surgery, orthopedic surgery and osteopathic treatment. Other hospital services include 24-hour emergency and trauma services, inpatient acute care, intensive Care, The Birth Center, diagnostic imaging, surgical services, rehabilitation services, sleep disorder center and community blood bank. St. Thomas More was rated five stars for joint replacement and among the top percent in the nation for total joint replacement by HealthGrades from 2008 to 2010. St. Thomas More Hospital is supported by Centura Health, Colorados largest hospital and health care network, and therefore has a direct connection to advanced services and specialties provided throughout the state. For more information, please visit www.stmhospital.org.