NUIG Health Promotion Day

NUIG Health Promotion Day

All our 2nd classes had a wonderful day at NUIG today.

We went to a health promotion day, hosted by the medical students of the paediatric society.  The day was superbly well organised, pitched exactly at our level and included many interesting and fun activities.

We travelled to NUIG on minibuses, and spent 2 hours in the university.

 

 

 

 

 

There were 4 workshops that we all rotated around.

 

 

 

 

 

One workshop was called Little Cells.  There we learned about the major body organs, and were able to identify the function of each organ and where to find it in the body.  We had a discussion on cell size, talked about what blood (and heart cells and brain cells) look like under the microscope, and we made our own blood, heart and brain cells with jumping clay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In another workshop we learned about carbohydrates.  We learned that simple carbohydrates are not good for us.  They give us a quick little blast of energy, but are not good for the body.  Foods like sugars and sweets are simple carbohydrates.  Complex carbohydrates are good for us.  We made our own chains of complex carbohydrates, tested foods with iodine to identify complex carbohydrates (they make drops of iodine turn black) and talked about foods on the food pyramid.  We also had a great session on hand washing.

Another workshop focused on balanced diets.  We heard more about the food pyramid, then we filled up our plates with balanced diets (stickers, not real food).  We really enjoyed these (and all of the) activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final workshop let us take part in a physical activity.  We had a lot of fun playing “duck, duck goose” and “ship, shore and sea” games with sports students.

 

It was a wonderful day.  We even arrived home with fantastic goodie bags with toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, banana, frube, puzzles and health booklets and posters.

Thank you so much to all at NUIG for such an interesting and fun day!  We learned so much about what we can do to stay healthy.