Friday, May 7, 2010


How much time in front of the TV or playing video games is too much? Also, how much sleep do growing children need? St. Angela students studied these health issues. (Photo by Brad)
    Healthy Choice/Healthy Kids began at St. Angela Elementary School, 1334 North Massasoit Avenue, in 2007, the brainchild of two retired Loyola Medical Center nurses, Judy Scully and Mary Ann Noonan. The event is a health fair and a peer education opportunity for the students. The program begins with five one-hour classes with the 7th and 8th grade students, focusing on health, nutrition, exercise, and healthy decision-making.
    In the spring, the program culminates with a health fair for all the students in the school. The 7th and 8th grade students share the knowledge they have learned with the younger students and serve as educators at the booths of the fair.
    Volunteer health care professionals screen students for blood pressure, height, weight, and BMI measurements. Free physical exams and vaccinations are offered by the Loyola University Medical Center Pediatric Mobile Van for students entering kindergarten and 6th grade in September. The Children’s Place in Oak Park conducted dental exams and cleanings for students.
St. Angela students learn about the amount of sugar contained in soda compared to bottled water and fruit juices, so they can make healthy choices for snacks. (Photo by Brad)
The healthy eating station introduces the basic food groups and offers samples to prove that snacks can be good for you and taste good, too. (Photo by Brad)
The Loyola Pediatric Mobile Health Van provides school physical exams & vaccinations. (Photo by Brad)
Students stop at a station for a brief lecture on the link between nutrition and good health. (Photo by Brad)
A nurse in the Loyola Pediatric Mobile Van demonstrates the automatic blood pressure machine. (Photo by Brad)
Students get exercise doing sit-ups on inflatable balls. (Photo by Brad)
Father Anselm Russell is studying to become a nurse, so he joined volunteers checking blood pressure of St. Angela students. (Photo by Brad)
A St. Angela student has his blood pressure checked. (Photo by Brad)
Jumping rope is fun and good exercise. (Photo by Brad)
Two health fair volunteers try to convince St. Angela Board President Pat Mahoney to jump rope with them. (Photo by Brad)
Kids demonstrate that playing hopscotch requires balance and coordination. (Photo by Brad)
A volunteer from The Children’s Place in Oak Park performs a dental exam on a student. (Photo by Brad)

1 comment:

  1. I want those big orange balls. I am a fan of them and I need it for my collection. If there was damage to them tell me how it got damaged