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Project Summaries: Children's Health

West Poplar Apartments
The interns created a culturally and educationally stimulating program that highlighted health related activities such as hygiene, safety, nutrition and exercise.  Hygiene was addressed through general oral hygiene workshops as well as demonstrations of hand washing techniques. The students addressed safety issues by developing rules, performing fire drills, and demonstrating first aid principles. A game focusing on the proper dietary requirements, a grocery scavenger hunt and taste testing were utilized to highlight the importance of nutrition. Daily sports, weekly swimming trips, and a field day (Olympics style) incorporated fitness and exercise.
The interns focused on bringing knowledge concerning health, nutrition, and overall well-being to children ages 5-12 enrolled in the summer program at the Church of the Advocate. They increased the children's awareness of oral health and overall hygiene through a puppet show and distribution of oral health supplies.  The children were introduced to various food groups necessary for good nutrition and healthy bodies. The interns also stressed the importance of different organs and their functions by discussing the causes of common diseases such as diabetes, lung cancer, liver cirrhosis, and kidney failure. The interns also practiced yoga with the children once a week in order to increase flexibility, muscle strength, and relaxation.
Deliverance Evangelistic Church
The interns educated children on various topics in an attempt to impact the health of the entire family in a positive manner on a long-term basis. These topics included safety, nutrition and fitness, smoking prevention, and personal hygiene. The interns addressed these issues through interactive lectures, physical activities, such as an obstacle course, and arts and crafts projects. The interns felt that their most important role was being visible positive role models.
The interns were camp counselors at the Strawberry Mansion Family Center and taught health education to children ages five to twelve. Topics addressed were oral health, nutrition, fitness, smoking and violence prevention. Lessons were taught two hours per week. Topics were presented through interactive question and answer sessions and activities emphasizing the weekly theme.
The interns addressed topics such as oral health, the importance of proper nutrition, exercise, safety, and gardening. They also collected and sent materials home with the children to further enforce what they learned at St. Mary's. The interns assisted the staff with pre-planned activities, such as tennis lessons, library outings, and a trip to Clementon Amusement Park.
Haddington Townhouses
The interns were able to develop health related activities, lessons and labs that allowed the children to explore a range of subjects such as cardiovascular health, nutrition, oral health, and stress management.  These activities included various games like Jeopardy and hang-man, labs outlining the different pulse points, daily journal entries, and weekly trips to the library.  The interns and the children also participated in different community programs such as the Urban Connection Gardening Program and the Library Summer Reading Program. 
The interns conducted several educational workshops at the Lee Cultural Center in order to increase the health awareness of the children attending the summer camp.  They covered topics such as oral health, nutrition, obesity, medical product safety, tobacco use, and STDs.  In addition to relating information on these health topics to the children, the interns also chaperoned and interacted with the children on a day-to-day basis, allowing them to develop strong interpersonal bonds, which helped facilitate the relationship of trust and respect that is needed when teaching these types of topics to others. 
The interns planned and conducted cooking and nutrition classes for participants of the Bartram Beacon Summer Program. They also discussed various health topics, such as importance of water and physical activity. Topics were presented in a traditional educational setting, as well as in an interactive manner. Each week knowledge retained from prior lessons was assessed via a question-and-answer review. Outside of the classroom, the interns were also able to interact with the children on a more personal level, thus shedding light on other issues the children faced on a daily basis.
The interns promoted health education, with emphasis on the following areas: nutrition, hygiene (both general and dental), body systems, hydration, and exercise. Each week was devoted to a different topic and age-appropriate lessons were devised. After each lesson, an activity/game was played and also a question and answer session was held if the kids wanted to know more or did not understand the material. At the end of the summer, the interns presented a final review and quiz to see how much the kids have retained and to reinforce the importance of what they have learned over the summer.
Last Updated: 1/20/15