2017 RFI Student Serviceship | McCook, Neb.
Thanks to a partnership between the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), several McCook community partners and the Rural Futures Institute, this project created health science education summer day camps for youth in McCook, taught by the serviceship interns from UNK. The camps provided hands-on educational environments that integrated many key skills necessary to not only improve the health of rural youth, but also inspire future health professionals.
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[00:00:03.864]We have a high incidence of obesity
[00:00:05.688]and diabetes in our community,
[00:00:07.534]so we needed some help and some fresh ideas.
[00:00:13.221]Well, how about half day day camps in a rural community
[00:00:17.280]with the idea of getting awareness in these kids
[00:00:20.047]about health and health careers?
[00:00:22.900]And we're like, yeah, this is a great idea.
[00:00:24.732]And we talked to the folks at Rural Futures.
[00:00:28.502]And the ultimate main goal is to take
[00:00:32.216]middle school aged kids and in essence grow them
[00:00:36.134]into future healthcare providers for rural communities.
[00:00:41.557]So they're really good, almost yin and yang,
[00:00:43.962]for Tyan and Collin to work together
[00:00:45.569]and their knowledge base and their willingness
[00:00:48.201]to get in and get hands on and do things,
[00:00:50.198]they were just perfect.
[00:00:51.353]The kids liked them.
[00:00:52.473]The community members loved them.
[00:00:55.810]The camp is going really well.
[00:00:57.410]The kids seem to really be enjoying it.
[00:00:59.775]We keep 'em active on a daily basis
[00:01:01.287]so that they're gaining exercise overall,
[00:01:03.507]so having lessons that teach them habits
[00:01:06.442]that they can use for the rest of their lives,
[00:01:08.356]so they can remain healthy moving forward.
[00:01:14.628]And so when we were explaining to them
[00:01:15.928]the importance of the exercise and nutrition,
[00:01:18.952]the way we eat, how we feed our bodies, things like that,
[00:01:22.032]they're really taking a genuine interest.
[00:01:24.055]We're getting questions asked all the time.
[00:01:29.244]We actually have surveys that we do, pre and post,
[00:01:33.726]before and after each week
[00:01:35.933]to determine if the kids are retaining
[00:01:37.993]the information that we are giving them.
[00:01:41.073]And whether or not they use that information
[00:01:43.808]is totally up to them, but we are going to promote it
[00:01:47.305]and make sure that they know the information,
[00:01:50.688]so that they can make an educated decision
[00:01:52.882]on how they live their lives.
[00:01:56.825]We've been really impressed with how
[00:01:58.483]they have created the program themselves
[00:02:00.745]and they've changed them as they needed to,
[00:02:03.758]and they have just gone on their own.
[00:02:08.372]Right now we're here in McCook.
[00:02:10.389]And we have submitted a much larger grant proposal
[00:02:14.219]to the National Institutes of Health,
[00:02:16.145]hoping to get funding to do these type of camps
[00:02:19.280]in four or five or six other communities in rural Nebraska.
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