HealthPartners Introduces Spanish Version of Popular Reading Information Video For Children

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from HealthPartners

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthPartners, one of the
 largest consumer health coalitions in the country, has produced their popular
 reading information video -- Food for Thought -- in a Spanish language
 version.  The 14-minute video highlights the many benefits of reading to
 infants and young children, and the long-term impact it can have on their
 intelligence.  Translated to Spanish, the title appropriately becomes Alimento
 Intelectual.
     Research has shown that early stimulation from activities like reading not
 only promotes the physical growth of a young child's brain, but also helps
 them develop greater intelligence levels.  As a health plan, HealthPartners is
 committed to ensuring a brighter and healthier future for all children.
     "No matter what the language, the idea behind the Food for Thought or
 Alimento Intelectual videos is to encourage family and caretakers to read with
 kids," according to Hilary Pert Stecklein, M.D., chief of professional
 services, HealthPartners Woodbury Clinic, and assistant chairman of the
 department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.  Dr. Stecklein is also
 founder and president of Reading RX, a children's literacy program.
     "There are many reasons to start to reading to babies," Stecklein says.
 "The best reason is that it is an absolutely captivating time.  It's a chance
 to pay attention and have a very strong emotional connection with the kids.
 When you're reading, you're cuddling together.  And it's during times when you
 have all kinds of input -- sight, sound, touch -- added to an extremely secure
 and emotionally positive environment, that you get the most greatest
 learning."
     Stecklein suggests that every adult -- parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle,
 daycare provider -- spend 15-20 minutes a day with every child they know
 reading together.  "It is a responsibility all of us share. It's a big wish,
 but if that happened, we'd have a very different society," she says.
     Funding for the translation of Alimento Intelectual was made possible by a
 grant from the St. Paul Companies' Arts and Diversity committee.
 HealthPartners is working with Reading RX and the St. Paul Companies' Arts and
 Diversity Committee to promote literacy and maximize children's development.
     The demand for Spanish language materials is great, according to Patti
 Hague, director of Community Relations at HealthPartners. "We started our
 translation expansion with a Spanish version, since that's the language we
 have had the most demand for.  As funding becomes available, we will produce
 the video in other languages," she says. "We are committed to improving the
 health of our community, and this is one way that we are also working to
 invest in children's futures."
     Since 1997, the English version of Food for Thought has been distributed
 within the HealthPartners' medical group clinics to parents at well-baby exams
 during the first year of their child's life.  Since then, nearly 60,000 copies
 have been given away or sold for local and national distribution.
     Copies of Food for Thought or Alimento Intelectual may be purchased at
 HealthPartners pharmacies or by calling the children's literacy program
 Reading Rx at 651-490-7694.  For discounts on quantities of more than 500,
 contact Patti Hague at 952-883-7771.
     HealthPartners is a family of nonprofit Minnesota health care
 organizations focused on improving the health of its members, its patients and
 the community.  HealthPartners is consumer-governed.  HealthPartners and its
 related organizations provide health care services, insurance and HMO coverage
 to nearly 660,000 members.  Approximately 9,500 employees staff the various
 HealthPartners organizations.  The HealthPartners family includes the
 HealthPartners Medical Group and Clinics, RiverWay clinics, HealthPartners
 Dental Group, Regions Hospital, Regions Hospital Foundation, HealthPartners
 Research Foundation, HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education,
 HealthPartners Central Minnesota clinics, Group Health, Inc., HealthPartners
 Administrators and Midwest Assurance Company.  Please visit the HealthPartners
 web site at http://www.HealthPartners.com
 
 

SOURCE HealthPartners
    BLOOMINGTON, Minn., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthPartners, one of the
 largest consumer health coalitions in the country, has produced their popular
 reading information video -- Food for Thought -- in a Spanish language
 version.  The 14-minute video highlights the many benefits of reading to
 infants and young children, and the long-term impact it can have on their
 intelligence.  Translated to Spanish, the title appropriately becomes Alimento
 Intelectual.
     Research has shown that early stimulation from activities like reading not
 only promotes the physical growth of a young child's brain, but also helps
 them develop greater intelligence levels.  As a health plan, HealthPartners is
 committed to ensuring a brighter and healthier future for all children.
     "No matter what the language, the idea behind the Food for Thought or
 Alimento Intelectual videos is to encourage family and caretakers to read with
 kids," according to Hilary Pert Stecklein, M.D., chief of professional
 services, HealthPartners Woodbury Clinic, and assistant chairman of the
 department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.  Dr. Stecklein is also
 founder and president of Reading RX, a children's literacy program.
     "There are many reasons to start to reading to babies," Stecklein says.
 "The best reason is that it is an absolutely captivating time.  It's a chance
 to pay attention and have a very strong emotional connection with the kids.
 When you're reading, you're cuddling together.  And it's during times when you
 have all kinds of input -- sight, sound, touch -- added to an extremely secure
 and emotionally positive environment, that you get the most greatest
 learning."
     Stecklein suggests that every adult -- parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle,
 daycare provider -- spend 15-20 minutes a day with every child they know
 reading together.  "It is a responsibility all of us share. It's a big wish,
 but if that happened, we'd have a very different society," she says.
     Funding for the translation of Alimento Intelectual was made possible by a
 grant from the St. Paul Companies' Arts and Diversity committee.
 HealthPartners is working with Reading RX and the St. Paul Companies' Arts and
 Diversity Committee to promote literacy and maximize children's development.
     The demand for Spanish language materials is great, according to Patti
 Hague, director of Community Relations at HealthPartners. "We started our
 translation expansion with a Spanish version, since that's the language we
 have had the most demand for.  As funding becomes available, we will produce
 the video in other languages," she says. "We are committed to improving the
 health of our community, and this is one way that we are also working to
 invest in children's futures."
     Since 1997, the English version of Food for Thought has been distributed
 within the HealthPartners' medical group clinics to parents at well-baby exams
 during the first year of their child's life.  Since then, nearly 60,000 copies
 have been given away or sold for local and national distribution.
     Copies of Food for Thought or Alimento Intelectual may be purchased at
 HealthPartners pharmacies or by calling the children's literacy program
 Reading Rx at 651-490-7694.  For discounts on quantities of more than 500,
 contact Patti Hague at 952-883-7771.
     HealthPartners is a family of nonprofit Minnesota health care
 organizations focused on improving the health of its members, its patients and
 the community.  HealthPartners is consumer-governed.  HealthPartners and its
 related organizations provide health care services, insurance and HMO coverage
 to nearly 660,000 members.  Approximately 9,500 employees staff the various
 HealthPartners organizations.  The HealthPartners family includes the
 HealthPartners Medical Group and Clinics, RiverWay clinics, HealthPartners
 Dental Group, Regions Hospital, Regions Hospital Foundation, HealthPartners
 Research Foundation, HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education,
 HealthPartners Central Minnesota clinics, Group Health, Inc., HealthPartners
 Administrators and Midwest Assurance Company.  Please visit the HealthPartners
 web site at http://www.HealthPartners.com
 
 SOURCE  HealthPartners