HealthCorps Coordinator Travis Croom begins school year at Yes Prep Gulfton
For Immediate Release
(HOUSTON, Texas) September 8, 2020—HealthCorps, a national health and wellness non-profit that gives teens tools to improve their physical and mental health, is pleased to announce the Living Labs coordinator Travis Croom of New Braunfels, Texas will begin his second year as Living Labs Coordinator at Yes Prep Gulfton. Travis received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and completed his Master’s in Public Health at the UT Health Science Center School of Public Health in Houston, Texas where he also worked for two years in health research.
Travis will use HealthCorps research and public health data to create a wellness program that is uniquely suited to the needs of the community. The school year at Yes Prep Gulfton is expected to begin virtual and transition to a hybrid model later in the fall. “2020 thus far has represented an unprecedented struggle not only to the students of Yes Prep Gulfton but to the staff as well. As the Fall semester begins I am both confident and optimistic that HealthCorps will be able to meet the needs of our students during this trying time, ” said Travis. During the spring 2020 semester, Travis volunteered with food distributions to Houston-area residents in coordination with Baker-Ripley Community Centers and helped to distribute 3000 produce and shelf-stable item bags.
As a HealthCorps Coordinator, Travis will be offering virtual wellness lessons to teachers and students, a virtual after school Health & Wellness Club, as well as continued community support through food distributions and wrap around support. Along with the another Yes Prep Gulfton teacher, Travis will help kick off the school’s “Future Health Professionals Club” which will meet virtually every Monday and Wednesday to give students a chance to develop career research skills, lead a social media-based health campaign of their choosing, and seek relevant volunteer opportunities
Travis will help extend HealthCorps’ message beyond the classroom by organizing health events such as (virtual) health fairs, parent and teacher outreach events, lunch time demonstrations, and an after-school cooking club. He will also serve as a mentor and role model to the students.
HealthCorps’ popular and well-utilized digital resources have been updated (after receiving over 1.7 million views over the spring and summer) and are designed for students, parents and faculty to help give teens the tools in improve their physical and mental health.
Across the nation, HealthCorps maintains a network of schools called Living Labs. A full-time “Coordinator” is embedded in a high-need school to mentor hundreds of students, teach health related workshops, and promote a variety of during and after school activities. Coordinators are recent college graduates who go on to careers in medicine, public health policy or wellness practices. Coordinators and their students participate in ongoing research to continually improve the HealthCorps curriculum and provide insight into how to improve young lives.
You can find health tips for teens from Travis and other HealthCorps Coordinators on their new @teenhealthvibe Instagram channel.
HealthCorps is a 501 (c)(3) that gives teens tools to improve physical and mental health so they can learn to live more productive and happier lives.
Founded in 2003, HealthCorps’ mission is to strengthen communities with the most innovative approaches to health and wellness to help the next generation be more resilient, both mentally and physically. HealthCorps students exercise more, eat better and practice positive thought.