605 West Due West, Madison TN 37115
Kidney Keepers Dance and Health Fair
Location & Address
Local Community Center
The DCI Clinic located in Madison, TN decided to focus our project at Watkins Community Center to educate and promote awareness of kidney disease and its prevention. Watkins Community Center is located across the street from an inner city community, known as John Henry Hale aka Jo Johnston. This Community Center mostly serves low income families. The majority of the kids wouldn’t have anywhere to go after school or during the summer if the center was not open.
The title of our program was, “Kidney Keepers”. The goal was to educate 35, 9-11 year old children regarding the importance of the kidneys and ways to promote a healthy life style. On our first visit to the center a representative from the Tennessee Kidney Foundation presented information on the kidney and its function in the body. She also discussed what happens if your kidneys fail. The response from the children was great as many were not familiar with the importance of the kidneys in the body as well as where they are located. Completing a word search puzzle reinforced the information provided for the day.
On our second visit there were two representatives, the first was our clinic Dietitian. Her session focused on the relationship of healthy eating, maintaining a balanced diet to keep your kidneys functioning properly as well as other organs. The use of visual aides and interactive games provided the children an exciting opportunity for involvement as they learned the information.
After the presentation, the children were provided a variety of healthy snacks. For many these were snacks they had not eaten before. The second representative led us in a variety of stretching movements and exercises. She focused on the importance of staying active as a way to keep your kidneys and other organs healthy. The kids had fun participating in the exercises under the shade trees. After exercising, plenty of water and other beverages were provided.
Our last visit reinforced what was emphasized during our previous visits with the use of fun motion activities with jump rope and hola hoop contests. The children had fun preparing nutritious fruit and vegetable kabobs on skewer sticks and decorating mini sandwiches. Healthy recipes and ideas for snacks were sent home in a binder to educate parents. Finally, having them string beads for a bracelet or key chain with a kidney shaped charm and alphabet beads spelling out the words,” I love my and then the kidney charm (to represent the kidney)”, to remind them of what they had learned. Backpacks that contained information about each session went home with the children to educate the parents and to remind the kids of healthy food choices.
You may ask how this project impacted the community. Many of our clinic staff and family members volunteered on this project along with some of our hemodialysis patients as well.
Our clinic staff and their children have made a verbal commitment since our project concluded to continue volunteering either with the center we selected or at a center where they think has the greatest needs. The reward of our project was realized immediately with the enthusiasm demonstrated by the kids, the volunteers and staff. I believe we would all agree that the final day was very rewarding when the children were able to correctly answer questions that they were not able to answer prior to our visits. The Director informed us that the students have asked if we were coming back. The Director has asked if we can provide our project/information during the school year and next summer.
We were given this special opportunity through our company Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI) and Watkins Park to plant seeds of information regarding healthy food choices, a healthy life style through exercise and the importance of community service.
Date & Time
June 7 & 16 2011, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM; June 23, 2011, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
For More Information
Shawanda Dodson 615-865-7310 ext 9
Full details and program guidelines are posted on www.dciinc.org and the DCI intranet. Acts of Service must be coordinated by DCI employees. All DCI employees are welcome to participate.
* Award money received from winning the online competition for "Best Act of Service" is to be used for DCI clinic educational purposes. For example: Paying for staff education courses, funding Pre-ESRD courses, or to purchase educational items to be used in the clinic.
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