A new campus organization, the Preventive Health and Wellness Club, is working to make the campus and community healthier. The group is on a mission to promote health and wellness to students and the surrounding community-at-large, by empowering them with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their mental, emotional, and physical wellness.
Striving to reach people of all ages and demographics, members of the club travel to different community events and schools to give interactive presentations. Recently, the club visited Eliza A. Baker School #55 and presented to K-3 classes, teaching them about germs: how they spread, how they work, and ways to avoid illnesses.
“To start off, we asked the children what they knew about germs. They actually knew a lot about germs—much more than I expected,” said Amber Boska, first-year medical student at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) and co-vice president of the Preventive Health and Wellness Club. “After that, we gave them a few more facts about what “germs” are and how they can be taken care of through hand washing and using hand sanitizer.”
After the initial germ discussion, the group organized several fun and interactive ways for the kids to learn about germs, including an inventive game that put food coloring (representing the germ) against soap, in a bowl of milk.
The day ended with an epic game of freeze-tag where designated students played “germs” who immobilized their classmates and others, including Marian University medical students, played “soap-er heroes” and saved those tagged by the germs. Like any great Marvel comic, the “soap-er heroes” came out victorious.
“Throughout the whole experience, the students were engaged and asking questions. In my future career as a physician, one of my goals is to educate the community about their health, and this club provides me with the opportunity to work toward this goal a little earlier than I initially anticipated. It’s fantastic,” said Jenna Schultheis, first year medical student in MU-COM and president of the Preventive Health and Wellness Club.
Currently, the 10 members of the club are students in MU-COM. However, they are actively looking for more members, including nursing students and other undergraduates to join.
Look for the Preventative Health and Wellness Club at the upcoming WTHR Health and Fitness Expo on April 26-27. Members will be involved in the MU-COM “Celebration of Wellness 5K” on Saturday, April 26 at 8:30 a.m. Details will be posted on our website when available.