Teaching The Importance Of Good Hygiene and Nutrition

November 4th, 2013 | By Gary No Comments

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Getting kids to understand how they can live healthier lives can be difficult. We know that parents and teachers talk to them about nutrition, good hygiene, and getting enough physical activity, but sometimes fun learning activities led by health professionals work even better.

That is exactly what a group of nursing students did this summer when they teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club. For their community health project, a group of seniors from the Georgia Regents University College of Nursing developed a fun and interactive health fair that they put on for about 100 kids at the Boys and Girls Club on Fourth Street. The two-hour fair took the kids through seven interactive learning stations where they participated in a variety of activities and earned prizes along the way.

The seven stations covered these topics: alcohol and substance abuse, dental hygiene, bike and car safety, personal hygiene, bullying, nutrition, and the importance of physical activity. The nursing students spent the entire semester planning the event and, based on the response from the kids, it was a huge success. They really got into the activities and had a lot of fun while learning some important lessons. During a 20-minute Q&A session at the end of the fair, kids opened up and asked a lot of great questions about health issues they face. The nursing students are sure to get a good grade for their project, but the real reward was the satisfaction of making a positive impact on kids in our community!

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Three other groups of nursing students from the Georgia Regents University completed similar community health projects this summer. One was at another Boys and Girls Club location; two others were at local retirement communities. These nurses are completing their Community Nurse Leadership degree, which is a 16-month intensive masters level program. GRU (formerly Augusta State University) has one of the largest and best nursing programs in Georgia, and in 2007 they opened a satellite campus in Athens. We are fortunate to have a program based here that finds ways to reach out and make a positive difference in our community!

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