Community Programs

Park Ridge Health is committed to promoting wellness and has established several screening and prevention programs for children and adults to facilitate that mission. Last year, we provided $10 million dollars in direct community benefit. Programs include:

Kid Power

Kid Power is a free, comprehensive nutrition, exercise and behavior modification program that equips children and families with the tools necessary to obtain and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. The objectives of the program include reducing overall body weight while increasing daily activity and developing healthy eating patterns.  Launched in 2005 as part of the Energize! Wake-Med initiative, the program provides instruction to pediatrician-referred children ages 8-18. 

  • Reducing overall body weight
  • Increasing daily activity
  • Developing healthy eating patterns

In 2008, Kid Power was enhanced with funding from the state of North Carolina through the Childhood Obesity Prevention Demonstration Project. Kid Power now meets at the Leila Patterson Center and allows more children to be served at once.

Participants and their families receive:

  • A membership to the fitness facility for the duration of the 12-week program.
  • 36 hours of fitness training.
  • Weekly nutrition education.
  • Special lectures, field trips and guest speakers

Additionally, kids are screened during and one year after the program.

  • BMI
  • Glucose
  • Lipids
  • Blood Pressure
  • Endurance, Strength and Flexibility

In 2010, Kid Power partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Hendersonville to provide nutrition and exercise education. In addition to the intensive treatment program, Kid Power staff also gives presentations in public schools and at community events about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and weight. All proceeds from events benefit Kid Power.

For more information about Kid Power, please contact 1-855-PRH-LIFE. Referrals can be faxed to (828) 684-3525 or mailed to the Wellness Department, Attention Kid Power, 50 Doctor’s Drive, Suite 2, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

Wellness on Wheels (WOW)

Through the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) program, we operate a mobile medical unit that offers free and below cost health screenings, as well as a women's heart health assessment program. In addition, numerous, free health presentations and support groups are offered throughout the year.

It serves the communities of Henderson, Buncombe, Transylvania and Madison, operating 4-5 days weekly, including Sundays. Test results are immediate, in addition there is counseling and physician referral services. It is staffed by 2 RN's.

In 2010, Park Ridge Health spent $197,000 on WOW and has provided 13,616 screenings in 2010. Approximately 30 percent of all clients screened were identified as being at risk for developing heart disease, a stroke, prostate cancer, osteoporosis or diabetes.

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