HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital collaborated with the University of Illinois Extension 4-H program to bring Health Jam to the fifth grade classes at Moulton Middle School in Shelbyville.
Eighty one students from Shelbyville participated in the 4-H Health Jam Field Trip. The fifth graders were taught exercises, nutrition and general health care by volunteers from various organizations in the area. HSHS Good Shepherd had four colleagues who led morning sessions.
Kristin Hayden, PA-C, from HSHS Good Shepherd Family Health, promoted general health care and had a drawing for HSHS Good Shepherd giveaways. Teri Whalen, COTA/L, from rehabilitation services, presented on occupational and physical therapies available at HSHS Good Shepherd. She also had a skeleton game asking students to put the bones in their correct locations. Timmerle Scholes, radiology technician at HSHS Good Shepherd, discussed the bones in the body and showed actual x-rays of fractures on a portable x ray viewer. Registered dietitian Matt McPherson held an interactive session on good nutrition with various stations where students golfed, had a small group discussion and had to guess how much sugar was in the various drinks.
"Good health and nutrition should be taught at a young age, and we at HSHS Good Shepherd enjoy being involved with our local youth," said Teri Whalen, COTA/L.