02/20/2009

Health and Fitness Field Day for Big Brothers Big Sisters

WVU School of Pharmacy students show that exercise is fun

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — With the convenience of fast food and sedentary lifestyles, it isn’t any wonder that we may see an increase in our waistlines. Second-year West Virginia University School of Pharmacy students are making sure that children learn that healthier choices now will lead to a healthier future. 

The pharmacy students will join with students studying dentistry and nutrition, along with  Mountaineer icons, to promote health and fitness for children participating in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The Health and Fitness Field Day will be Saturday, Feb. 21, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the WVU Student Recreation Center.

Students from the School of Pharmacy will combine exercise with fun through the game Dance Dance Revolution. They will also provide Big Brothers Big Sisters participants with information about poison safety through a puppet show. Dental hygiene students will teach attendees about oral health, and nutrition students will discuss healthy eating habits and show participants how to make a healthy snack. 

“Our Health and Fitness Field Day is to reinforce to children that exercise is fun and will make you healthier, “ said Peyton Morhous, second-year School of Pharmacy student. “We hope that the activities and information discussed during the Field Day will stay with the children and help them make better choices in their eating and exercise habits.”  

WVU Mountaineer football players will use an old-fashioned beanbag toss game to teach children about exercise, and WVU cheerleaders will be relaying the importance of stretching before exercise.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters participants will receive handouts at various activity stations to reinforce the information. At the event’s end, participants will receive a t-shirt donated by Gabriel Brothers and developed by Davis and Lee Printing.

The pharmacy students were partnered with the community organizations through the WVU Center for Civic Engagement as part of their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience curriculum.

The students chose to focus on exercise and healthy eating habits to emphasize the objectives of the Healthy People 2010 initiative – to help individuals of all ages increase life expectancy and improve their quality of life by focusing on educational and community based programs, nutrition and obesity, oral health, physical activity and fitness.

For information about the WVU School of Pharmacy see www.hsc.wvu.edu/sop/.


 

    

 

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For more information:
Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy 304-293-7192
anewton@hsc.wvu.edu
ac: 02-11-09

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