The program is expected to bring increased physical, emotional and mental health to Nevada children and adults through operationalized purposeful play.
Nevada Medical Center’s (NMC), “Recess Reboot” program has expanded to Walter Bracken Elementary School in collaboration with Playworks, the nation’s leading nonprofit focused on leveraging the power of play to transform the social and emotional health of children, and with support from the UNLV School of Community Health Sciences.
Following the successful Pilot Test at Hollingsworth Elementary School in the Spring semester 2018, NMC expanded to additional Title I schools this fall to further its commitment to Nevada’s dedication with preventative care and children’s positive mental health. Their purposeful play program encourages children and adults to incorporate more “play” into their daily lives.
“Research from some of the nation’s top scientists shows us that play is an essential component to healthy mental, emotional and physical development in children,” says Kristy Keller, Program Director for the Nevada Medical Center. “The collaboration with Playworks and Walter Bracken Elementary School supports our effort to raise awareness about the value and benefits of play. Through our demonstration sites, the Nevada Medical Center is proving the concept that play teaches kids how to relate, connect, and solve problems – the foundation of establishing socially cohesive adults. The Recess Reboot program is a way for us to operationalize purposeful play theory in Nevada schools as well as take a legitimate step towards increasing the overall health of all Nevadans.”
According to Keller, NMC has also partnered with UNLV’s School of Community Health Sciences, which will measure and validate the data collected before and after the intervention in order to determine the impact the Recess Reboot program has on Walter Bracken Elementary School.
“Following our participation as a pilot test site for Playworks’ Recess Reboot program last fall, we saw firsthand the positive impact purposeful play can have on our staff and students,” says Katie Decker, Franchise Principal of three schools within Clark County School District (CCSD). “I completely believe that play equals learning and is critical to the growth and development of our students.”
Playworks, a national 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization respected for its evidence-informed services to over 450 schools in the country helps schools and youth programs create recess and play environments where every child can join in and believes all kids should experience the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play.
About Nevada Medical Center
Founded in 2012, Nevada Medical Center (NMC) is a Nevada non-profit corporation created for the purpose of enhancing the lives of all Nevadans and visitors through improved access to quality healthcare. The organization was founded by the inspired vision of the late Eric M. Hilton and launched by the NMC Officers and Board of Directors and leadership team. As Eric M. Hilton envisioned, NMC will deliver collaboration and innovations in healthcare as well as promote preventative healthcare methods across the state.
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Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health. Playworks currently serves more than 1,300 schools in 23 U.S. cities, and reaches more than 700,000 students directly and through professional training services. We are changing school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day.
We create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. Playworks partners with schools, districts, and afterschool programs to provide a service or mix of services including on-site coaches, professional training for school staff who support recess, and consultative partnerships.