FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:               Contact: Chris Hendriks VP, Public & External Affairs 516-705-3947 September 18, 2012


What do Ninja Fruit, Catholic Health Services and Catholic Elementary Education Have in Common?

What: It’s not every day you hear the words Ninja fruit, Catholic Health Services and Catholic Elementary Schools in the same sentence, but this Wednesday all three will be in the same place.

Catholic Health Services provided Catholic Elementary Schools with a $140,000 grant to promote health and education.  Using the grant, the school system partnered with iGame4 to enhance fitness in the schools.

 iGame4 uses the motivation of active video games like Ninja fruit—where students “chop” fruit using their hands in a karate-like fashion—to encourage fitness in children.  These activities also create positive behaviors that extend beyond the classroom into real world experiences.   Visuals: Students will rotate through 12 active video game stations featuring a 100 inch screen, projector, video game system and an active video game.  Interviews with students; CHS Chairman Richard J.J. Sullivan, Jr.; Sister Joanne Callahan, Superintendent of Schools, Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre; and Al Pisano, iGame4 president.

When:  Wednesday, September 19, 11:30-12:30 pm.  Lunch to follow.

Where:   St. Patrick’s Elementary School, 360 Main Street, Huntington, NY, in the school’s gym

Please call Paul Barry at 516-705-6657 to confirm your plans to attend.

### Catholic Health Services of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community based agency for persons with special needs.  More than 17,500 employees and 3,300 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system.