Sandra May, Robinson, Cathryn B., Roy, Heli J. | 3/18/2005 10:10:34 PM
To achieve optimum health, they had to understand that nutrition is more than skin deep. Nutrition affects the major organ systems such as the heart, kidneys and liver, They learned about the major organs of the body, their functions and how food is used to support the organs and body functions.
Sheron Raymond and Dewey Moorman, community educators of the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA), presented the Donor Man to show the vital organs and to explain their function. The Donor Man is a CPR dummy with removable vital organs. Each child had the opportunity to take out the organs and to examine them as the community educators discussed their functions.
They also had to recognize that physical activity is an important part of staying healthy and that they must include daily physical activity in their lifestyle. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Timothy Winters with the Department of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University-Shreveport Schumpert Medical Wellness Center and the Northwestern School of Nursing was recruited to involve the youth in fun, exiting but functional physical activity. This helped the youth understand that exercise can be enjoyable and successful while achieving a necessary goal of getting 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
By combining all three element of personal health -- nutrition, physical activity and taking care of one's body -- the youth were able to see that good nutrition is an important element in sustaining life.
A healthy snack of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on whole-wheat bread, baked chips and 100% apple juice was served to each youth. Those youth allergic to peanuts received a turkey sandwich instead.