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Students team up to share healthy living tips with youth

More than 200 children, ages 7 to 13, participated in the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s recent Prescription for a Healthy You programs. Medical, nursing and pharmacy students led activities for both events, which were held July 15 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County Allied Family Center in Madison and July 21 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Camp Whitcomb-Mason.

Rachel Bennett, MD, a family physician with UW Health-Fitchburg, got things started in Madison with a welcome message and activity. Sessions aimed at educating and empowering the participants to make healthy choices were led by medical students at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and nursing and pharmacy students attending University of Wisconsin-Madison, who worked together to also plan the activities. In Milwaukee, students from Medical College of Wisconsin teamed up with nursing students from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and pharmacy students from Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy to plan and lead the sessions.

Children at each location rotated through four different hands-on sessions focused on physical activity, healthy eating habits, body wellness and mindfulness. In Milwaukee, the afternoon culminated with a career exploration panel that gave participants the opportunity to ask questions of the student volunteers, with the goal of encouraging them to consider careers in medicine or related health careers.

“I learned that there are all different things like pharmacists and doctors and they all have different jobs; like doctors, they can take care of sick people—like people who have heart disease, and pharmacists make sure people get their medication,” said one Milwaukee youth.

Each participant received a string backpack filled with a water bottle and healthy living tips to share with their family, as well as other items, including pens and clips donated by UW Health and sunglasses donated by Humana.

Both programs were made possible by donations from physicians across the state and others who support the Foundation.

A similar Prescription for a Healthy You program is being planned at the Boys & Girls Club of La Crosse on Aug. 5. Medical and nursing students and students studying in related health care fields who are interested in participating are encouraged to contact Foundation Director Eileen Wilson.

Visit the Foundation’s Facebook page to view photos from the two programs.

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