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Promoting health and medical careers in Wausau

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The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s Prescription for a Healthy You program brought together medical students and local youth in Wausau for an afternoon of education and fun on August 8.

For the third year in a row, the Prescription for a Healthy You program was offered at the Boys and Girls Club of the Wausau Area through a partnership with Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation and Medical College of Wisconsin–Central Wisconsin (MCW-Central).

First-year medical students at MCW-Central led hands-on activities for about 150 children ages 7 to 13 years old that focused on physical activity, mindfulness, healthy eating habits and body wellness, including a dramatization of the detrimental effects of smoking.

Many of the MCW-Central student leaders, including Sander Downs, were motivated by a desire to not only share healthy living messages, but also get kids excited about careers in health care.

“When I was in 5th grade, I saw a demonstration with real human organs like these through 4-H,” Downs said. “Ever since then, I knew I wanted to study medicine. I am so glad to share my time and fascination with medicine with kids about the same age as I was.”

The medical students used a toolkit for the Prescription for a Healthy You program that was created by the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation and includes detailed lesson plans, rotation schedules, leader scripts and a materials list that can be adapted to suit a variety of settings. By team-teaching the activities, medical students practice communication and leadership skills they will need in their careers.

To view photos from this summer’s program, visit our Facebook page.

For more information about bringing the adaptable Prescription for a Healthy You program toolkit to a Boys & Girls Club or other youth camp near you, contact Elizabeth Ringle at 608.442.3789.

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