Lindsey Wayland from the Lewis County Health Department and Erin Ray from Fast Pace Urgent Care presented a “Healthy Hohenwald” summer reading program on June 23, 2017 at Lewis County Public Library. This fun and educational event showed summer readers that building a better world first begins with building a stronger, healthier body.
Children enjoyed watching an animated video that focused on the importance of healthy lung function. Following the video, a discussion was held about the negative effect of first, second and third-hand smoking on the lungs. Summer readers participated in a hands-on restricted breathing exercise that demonstrated a smoker’s ability to breathe.
There were many exclamations of shock and surprise when Wayland brought out a healthy set of pig lungs and a unhealthy set that replicated the lungs of someone who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years. Each set of lungs were inflated to illustrate oxygen intake and the differences between the two sets of lungs, including smell. Tumors were pointed out.
Ray spoke to attendees about food health, showing examples of unhealthy snack foods. Children also learned about the negative impact of excessive sugar in a diet and played a game where they guessed the sugar content of various food items. Erin also stressed the importance of portion control in preventing obesity and other health issues.
At the end of the program, children were given stickers, coloring sheets, and a take-home project to build an articulated model of a human hand. A total of 80 people attended this event which was held as part of “Hands on Hohenwald: Build a Better World.”
Some program materials for this event were made possible through a Dollar General Literacy Foundation summer reading grant.