IT’S FOR KIDS! MD Students Host Vibrant Keiki Health Camp (Slideshow)

Learning how the body looks on the inside doesn’t seem so daunting when it’s a puzzle to piece together…the lungs go here, the stomach there, the intestines…well, maybe it’s best they go under the stomach instead of above it.

A colorful, “Twister” game-sized anatomy puzzle was just one creative learning opportunity our medical students presented to 70 children (keiki) who spent most of Saturday, March 29 at the University of Hawai`i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). Also pitching in were Dental Hygiene and Pre-Med students from UH Mānoa.

This was the second annual JABSOM Keiki Health Camp hosted by the MD students in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. The photos show it was a clear tie as to which group was having more fun: the kids or the future physicians.

Learning how to eat better was achieved by a group learning session matching up which are “healthy snacks” and which are “unhealthy”. And it’s brilliant to promote brushing twice a day and flossing once a day by using the pitch “Have a Sponge Bob Smile!”. Even the tooth fairy came along to read to the kids about the importance of good oral health.

Another anatomy lesson included performing an experiment with cups, water and different-sized straws that illustrated the effect of resistance through a blood vessel and as the medical students taught the kids about the importance of diet and exercise on cardiovascular health.

The fun continued outdoors where the kids learned about sun safety and applied sunscreen on their skin. Then they did a five-minute warm-up and stretch before free time monitored by the medical and pre-medical students.

At the end of the day the kids proudly displayed their arts and crafts creations: snot made out of elmer’s glue, borax detergent, water and green food coloring and blood plasma soup made out of cranberries, marshmallows, rice, salt, water and red food coloring.

See our downloadable photo set by UH Med Now’s Arnold Kameda at UH MED FLICKR. Our video by Deborah Manog of UH Med Now will appear shortly! Mahalo to our friends, like AlohaCare, who provided supplies for the Keiki Health Camp at Kaka’ako!

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