Fight against childhood obesity gets physical

WVU pharmacy students teach kids at Scott’s Run Settlement House

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Celery sticks and hiking may not have the same allure as potato chips and videogames, but children who are obese run a higher risk of growing into obese teens and adults in their lifetimes. Second-year students at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy recently helped to teach local children about the importance of exercising.

The students hosted an event March 5 at Scott’s Run Settlement House, a child development center. The children learned how important exercise is to a healthy lifestyle through a series of physical fitness activities.

“The childhood obesity rate is on the rise, especially in West Virginia. Young children need to be shown and taught what to do to get healthy and stay healthy,” explains Jessica Ault, WVU School of Pharmacy second-year student. “This is our way of looking out for future patients. Lifestyles that emphasize healthy habits may help prevent health disparities. It is better to start a healthy lifestyle at a young age because these routines become habitual and lead to a healthier life overall.”

The children played games including relay races, long jump and musical chairs. The pharmacy students also provided healthy snacks and beverages for the children to reinforce the ideals of a healthy lifestyle. 

The WVU Center for Civic Engagement partnered the students with the child development center as part of their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience curriculum.

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

Jessica Ault with Alexis





For more information:
Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy 304-293-7192
BV/AN: 03-16-09

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