ERIC Number: ED336234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Pediatric Health Fairs: One Approach to the Health Needs of Appalachian Children.
Huff, Cynthia O.
An assessment of the health education needs of children in Tennessee resulted in the initiation of a pediatric health fair by nursing students at Carson-Newman College. The fair was presented to approximately 180 second-grade students in a rural elementary school in East Tennessee. The following activities took place at the exhibits: (1) at the handwashing table, petre dishes were utilized to culture a washed hand, an unwashed hand, and a nickel; (2) children were presented with identical bottles, one containing a harmful substance, the other an edible substance to demonstrate the dangers of unlabeled medication; (3) nutrition was represented through a poster of the basic food groups and a Tic-Tac-Toe game based on good nutrition; (4) injuries and first aid were demonstrated on posters and students received band-aids; (5) a chart displayed proper toothbrushing and dental flossing, and children received toothpaste and colorful magnets; (6) children received blood pressure screening; (7) posters identified the needs of latch key children, and a paper for parents and children was distributed; and (8) the importance of exercise was demonstrated by students taking their resting pulse, performing jumping jacks, then retaking their pulse. The response to the health fair from the principal, teachers, elementary students and nursing students was positive. The principal indicated that the fair helped meet one of their educational goals and helped establish communication between the school and community. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Appalachia; Health Fairs; Tennessee
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Appalachia (5th, Lexington, KY, November 6-7, 1990).