Hands On Health For Kindergarteners

| March 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Students listen to Dr. Clemmons during the 2010 event

Kindergarten students from elementary schools in Anne Arundel county will participate in a two-day program that uses the “show-and-tell” method to help reduce anxiety that children associate with hospitals.

Activities include:

  • Nutrition: Healthy eating lessons from the AAMC Wellness Department
  • Vital Signs: Children’s height will be measured, blood pressure checked and temperature taken, then leave with all their information on a card to show Mom & Dad.
  • Infant Care: Using dolls, students will learn to swaddle, hold, feed and change a baby.
  • Surgery: Children can perform surgery on stuffed animals and puppets.
  • Finger casts: Little mini plaster casts will be applied wet to little fingers.
  • Breathing: A respiratory mask is applied to a giant stuffed Elmo to make the children feel comfortable in case they ever have to use one.  They will also get to practice breathing through tubes and then get to keep the tubes.
  • Pediatrician talk: Dr. Michael Clemmens, AAMC Pediatric Hospitalist, will talk to the children about their own health and the importance of seat belts, bike helmets and junk food. Using a vest with stuffed organs attached, he will teach children about their insides.

Hands On Health 2010

Who: Kindergarten classes from schools in Annapolis, Arnold, Severn, Severna Park and Fort Meade

When: March 9 & 10, 2011  8:45 AM – 2:30 PM
Where: Doordan Institute
7th Floor Health Sciences Pavilion
Anne Arundel Medical Center
2001 Medical Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401

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