Health, Hygiene, and Heartbeats for a Whole Life

Summer school kids stop spreading germs and start spreading health education

Regular exercise, good hygiene, and a balanced diet make up the equation for a healthy lifestyle. Globe University–La Crosse medical assistant students combined those key life lessons into an applied learning project with fun and interactive learning activities for children in the Boys and Girls Club Summer School Program.

Globe students transformed the Boys and Girls Club gymnasium into an interactive classroom and created learning games, activity stations and even an obstacle course with hurdles, jump ropes and scooters to teach the children about healthy choices.

Jody Risberg, medical assistant instructor, said, “Educating the youth on living a healthy lifestyle helped reinforce the objectives the students were learning in the classroom. In addition, it gave students a wonderful opportunity to join together as a team to teach children, through fun kinesthetic learning activities, how they can make healthy choices.”

Children sorted food into a giant color coded food pyramid, tested their ability to thoroughly clean their hands with finger paints, and learned to take their pulse and listen to their heartbeats before and after strenuous cardio exercise.

The Boys and Girls Club staff thoroughly enjoyed the event. “It’s great for the Boys and Girls Club to have members of the community work with our members,” one staff member said. “Learning experiences like this help students explore new things they might not have learned elsewhere. Today, our members learned about the importance of maintaining a healthy active lifestyle and had a fun time doing so!”

Globe students had a tremendous time working as a team to coordinate this successful applied learning activity.