The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s Prescription for a Healthy You programs are held each summer in partnership with local Boys & Girls Clubs. Students from the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health team up with students pursuing other health professions at area universities and technical schools to share their enthusiasm for healthy choices with children at the Boys and Girls Clubs.
Children 7 to 13 years old participate in the energy-filled programs which include hands-on activities focused on exercise, mindfulness, healthy eating habits, and body wellness. The programs may also include a career exploration panel, allowing the youth to ask questions of the medical, nursing and pharmacy students with the goal of encouraging them to consider careers in medicine or related health careers.
According to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, there is evidence to suggest that “greater workforce diversity may lead to improved public health, primarily through better interactions between patients and health care professionals.” Working with the Boys & Girls Club program allows the Foundation to reach children from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and expose them to some of the career possibilities in health care.
Each participant receives a water bottle or similar item and healthy living tips to share with their families.
If you have interest in bringing this hands-on healthy living program to your community next summer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608.442.3800.
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