Keeping school-aged children engaged can be challenging but a health promotion practicum group did just that at West Philadelphia’s Belmont Charter School in April. Senior nursing students, led by faculty Debbie Wimmer, MSN, CRNP, assistant clinical professor, assessed learning needs and developed creative teaching plans surrounding nutrition, fitness, choices and health. The young students also learned about checking their pulse and blood pressure.
Ashtennie Burton and Ashleigh Morris were among the nursing students teaching nutrition and physical fitness. They had the children complete a choosemyplate.gov activity. “They filled out what they ate the night before and we went over what is healthy and not, then did a go-slow-whoa board to review what types of food we should always, sometimes and almost never eat,” explains Ashleigh.