Health education made fun for children

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, December 20, 2007

Good healthcare practices can start young; a group of Kentucky nursing students taught children the basics of hand washing, nutrition, and other healthcare topics at a recent fair.

As part of a class project, nursing students at the University of Louisville came up with creative ways to educate kids at Lincoln Elementary School in Louisville on healthy lifestyles. An exhibit on hand washing, for example, featured a bucket of sand; children would put their hands in the bucket, wash their hands with hand sanitizer, and look at their hands under a black light to see how many grains of sand (or "germs") still remained.

Organizers said the fair not only gave children the opportunity to learn about staying healthy but allowed the nursing student to make a difference and expand their knowledge concerning the needs of the community.

Source: The University of Louisville

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