First Choice and City of North Charleston Repack the Backpack


Select Health of South Carolina’s First Choice health plan will host its first “Repack the Backpack!” event, featuring health screenings for all ages, children’s activities, refreshments and backpacks with school supplies provided at no cost (while quantities last). The event, co-sponsored with the City of North Charleston, will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the new City of Charleston Athletic Center, 5800 Casper Padgette Way, North Charleston, SC, 29406. Those planning to attend are asked to register in advance by calling 1-888-676-9588.

This take on Select Health’s popular Jump Start Back to School event will feature a special guest: Marcus Lattimore. The University of South Carolina Gamecocks director of player development for life skills and former star running back, Lattimore will be on hand to greet attendees and help give out supplies. Marcus is usually seen at Select Health’s First Choice Fit youth fitness camps held each year. The first of four camps for children ages 5-12 begins Saturday, February 1 in Summerville, South Carolina.

“Last summer, Jump Start served more than 2,200 South Carolina families with school-aged children, helping make sure they were healthy and ready for the new school year,” said Courtnay Thompson, market president  at Select Health. “We are thrilled to partner with Mayor Keith Summey and the City of North Charleston, where Select Health is headquartered.”

“It is wonderful that First Choice by Select Health is giving away school supplies at a time when students may need fresh supplies, and that they are also providing important health screenings for everyone in attendance,” said North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey. “They are a wonderful asset to the community and we are proud to be a part of this effort.”

“We’re very fortunate that more than 15 health care providers, agencies and community partners are willing to join us for our first ‘Repack the Backpack!’ event to help children get checkups and school supplies that will need replenishing, so they can finish the second half of the school year strong,” added Addie Bors, director of community education and outreach at Select Health.

Jump Start has served more than 16,000 families in the last 11 years. The event got its start in Columbia and in more recent years has been expanded to locations throughout the state, with Select Health’s bilingual staff available to assist Spanish-speaking families. These same Interpretation services will be offered at the January 4th event. “With the addition of Select Heath’s first-ever ‘Repack the Backpack!’ event, we aim to help even more families in 2020,” said Thompson.

“Good health is proven to help children perform their best in school,” said Dr. Kirt Caton, market chief medical officer at Select Health. “School-age children up to age 21 need yearly well visits with a primary care physician, and our staff can help First Choice members schedule these appointments with their doctors.”

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