Friday, February 15, 2008
Promoting good health at Concord-Carlisle High School
Encouraging teenagers to adopt habits for life-long good health was the goal of Health Week held recently at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS). Concord K-12 Health Coordinator Kathy Bowen said, "Each year we choose a theme that we feel will allow students and staff to hear about health initiatives that are relevant to their lives now and in the future." This year's theme was "Health and the Big Picture." According to CCHS Principal Peter Badalament, an array of professional speakers addressed health from a variety of viewpoints. Students could watch live ultrasound imaging of the heart, eat healthful snacks, play badminton, learn about safe social networking tools on the Internet, and try yoga or water polo. This is the fourth year the high school has held this program.
The week started off with a Carlisle parent showing students how doctors use ultrasound imaging systems to diagnose heart disease. It was an interactive presentation featuring both two- and three-dimensional images showing the heart's structure and blood flow. The physics of ultrasound devices and careers in this field were also touched upon.
Students then relaxed at lunch with live music and a taste-testing of healthy foods on the "A-List" of vending and snack products recommended by the John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition. The Stalker Institute aims to improve the nutritional environments in schools and spread information about nutrition and food.
Concord Police Detective Scott Camilleri offered an interactive presentation on the impact of distractions on driving. Librarian Robin Cicchetti spoke on the risks of putting information on Facebook, a social utility on the Internet, and the risk ten years from now. She also displayed some social networking tools that allow students to use the power of the internet safely.
There were a number of talks on health and fitness, including muscle and bone injuries, prevention and care; diabetes; stress management; sun safety; and understanding addiction. Clinical managers of Emerson Hospital's Sleep Disorders Program spoke about normal and abnormal sleep patterns and common sleep disorders. Other offerings included information about healthy living, staying fit, preventive medicine and community connections. A Community Service Fair was held during Tuesday's lunch. Students could see many ways they could donate their time to help others and positively influence their own health.
The week ended with presentations on the brain, how it works and what happens when it is injured. A Boston University Medical School professor of neurology and pathology and an assistant professor of anatomy and neurobiology used anatomical models and computer simulations to show examples of normal and dysfunctional brains. Another presentation was given by survivors of traumatic brain injuries, who told how those injuries have changed their lives and the lives of their families.
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