Healthy Living

University of West Georgia hosts health expo

by Lindy Oller


Briana Underwood, left, and Michelle Smith, right, teach a group of children the importance of hydration. 

Staying hydrated and using sunscreen are some ways people can help fight off the summer heat.

Nursing students from The University of West Georgia Tanner Health System School of Nursing participated in a health expo July 2 at Willie Lynch Park on Richard Allen drive. They spoke to children and teens about sun safety and hydration.

Michelle Smith, a nursing student at UWG, said this is the first health expo the university has done at Willie Lynch Park.

There were 79 children and teens at the event. Four nursing students were teaching at the health expo in order to complete a service learning project in a community setting. UWG Assistant Professor Diane Wise, RN, MSN, CNM, was on hand to observe the nursing students and offer feedback on their project.

Smith and another nursing student offered tips on how to stay hydrated, such as drinking water, eating watermelon and enjoying frozen treats.

Other topics that were discussed included UV rays and the importance of SPF (Sun Protection Factor).

“We want to do more service projects in the future,” Smith said.

Children and teens who attended the event were given popsicles and beach balls.

“It is a great fun way to teach children and teens how to take care of themselves in an informal environment,” Smith said.

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