NOV. 17, 2004 | Students at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic School hopped, skipped and jumped toward a healthy lifestyle Nov. 5 as they took to heart the messages from members of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) during National Primary Care Week.
“What does it mean to be healthy?” Lyndsey McKay of
The AMSA members used the Fitness Forward program and provided the children a weekly wellness chart, a jump rope and information on living a healthy lifestyle. The program is designed to improve quality of life, reduce childhood obesity and combat youth mental illness. The primary wellness targets of the program are to be active, eat smart, sleep well, don’t be stressed and be aware. National Primary Care Week activities were coordinated with the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program at UAMS.
“The children were really excited about sharing their knowledge with the medical students, and they learned that being healthy is easy if it is part of your daily activities,” said Linda Green of
At the end of the lesson, the children were presented with jump ropes, and one class took to the cool morning air to break them in. Even Hardin got into the action, though his jump rope ended up wrapped around him time after time. After several contests to see who could jump the longest, the children learned another lesson – jump roping is great fun and great exercise, and it also can really wear you out.
Other UAMS medical students who participated in the National Primary Care Week event are: Montianna Bingham, Jason Cobb, Jennifer Dukes, Charlotte Jackson and Elizabeth Sellars.
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