Led by Angela Reddix and her team of management consultants, A. Reddix and Associates (ARDX) engages with organizations to help them understand the current healthcare landscape and to develop appropriate strategies for success. One of ARDX’s core initiatives is the Healthcare Academy (HCA®) which provides educational resources to youth so they can develop healthy lifestyles.
HCA® focuses on nutrition, fitness, self-esteem, bullying, and violence prevention and creates pathways toward healthy behaviors. Interactive educational sessions begin with brief lessons, which are then reinforced through activities such as charades, role playing, and artwork. By engaging with children in a proactive way, the program has a positive impact on their psychological and physical identities. The ultimate goal of the Healthcare Academy is to reduce the incidence of chronic diseases and associated risk factors. A recent program evaluation found that participants gained an understanding of the topics covered and felt renewed motivation to eat well, exercise, and take steps to increase a feeling of positivity in their daily routines.