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Teaching good health

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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Student nurses from Ivy Tech Community College (from left) Lisa Richards, Amanda Farnsworth and Brenda Retico recently visited students at the Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center. The nursing students gave presentations about the importance of good hygiene and preventing the spread of germs. Student nurse Carrie Wessel-King was unavailable for the picture. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
Recently, nursing students from Ivy Tech Community College visited students at the Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center to give presentations on good hand washing and ways to prevent spreading germs.

"This is a different environment with a younger group," Brenda Restivo said. "Most of us work in nursing homes, so it was a change but we had a lot of fun with it."

Changing roles and becoming teachers for the day allowed the nursing students to not only teach the children the proper ways to wash their hands but also allowed them to cut loose a little bit with the younger children.

While encouraging cleanliness, the nursing students also encouraged education.

"You can sing your ABC's while washing your hands," Lisa Richards said to students. "When you finish, they should be clean and germ free."

By using posters and fake teeth, LEAAP students learned the importance of brushing their teeth.

However, it was after one of the nurses sneezed and a fake green slime was used, did students remember the cardinal rules, to cough and sneeze in the elbow and to wash their hands.

"It is so important for children to know the importance of not spreading germs and staying healthy," Richards said. "Healthy habits make healthy kids."

"This gave us an opportunity to share our knowledge," Carrie Wessel-king said. "It was different, but nice."

Nevertheless, the bubbles used at the end of the program, caused the most excitement. The bubbles signified how germs could fly through the air and land on anyone.

"It is vitally important that children begin good hygiene practices," LEAAP Center Coordinator Mary Yelton said. "We encourage parents to follow through with the preventative measures the children are learning."

The children ranging from 3-5 years of age were quick to listen and enjoyed the presentation.

"The nursing students were wonderful, they had great activities for the children," Yelton said. "By encouraging students to stay healthy it will improve attendance at school and therefore improve education because more students will be there."

To help reinforce the preventative measures learned during the program, students received a free toothbrush, a healthy snack, bubbles, fake teeth and a coloring book.

"We greatly appreciate the LEAAP Center allowing us to visit," Amanda Farnsworth said. "We have really enjoyed ourselves."



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