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LSUS Nursing Students, Faculty Teach Young Children Healthy Habits

March 22, 2016

Nursing students and faculty bring knowledge, education, and fun to young children in the local community.

Monica Jones, nursing director and instructor in continuing education, and nursing students traveled to the main campus of the Bellaire Learning Center to teach three and four year olds the importance of healthy lifestyles, handwashing, and healthy eating. The nursing community service event took place on Feb. 25, 2016.

“Mary Collier, director of the Learning Center, thought that it was an excellent idea to get the LSUS student nurses involved in community service,” Jones said. “I loved the idea. It is very important that young children learn healthy habits. If they start when they are young, then these healthy habits will continue to follow them throughout their adulthood. There has been an increase in childhood obesity and diabetes. It is our hope that if we start educating now, it will decrease these statistics.”

 This community service is not only beneficial to the children and families involved at the Bellaire Learning Center, but the participation is also beneficial to the nursing students as they grow in their knowledge of the occupation.

“As nurses, part of our job is to educate,” Jones said. “Education is the first step in primary disease prevention. Opportunities like this give the nursing students the chance to interact and educate children on healthy lifestyles. Our nursing students have to be able to communicate with individuals across the lifespan and this gave them the opportunity to communicate with three and four year olds.”

Bellaire Learning Center is a Type III facility by the Louisiana Department of Education. The program includes children as young as six weeks of age and continues through fifth grade.

 
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