The program is for area children that will be entering grades 3-5 in the fall. The classes will take place on four consecutive Tuesdays beginning on June 12 with the final session being held on Tuesday, July 3. They will run from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Cherokee Regional Medical Center in the First Floor Education Room.
"CRMC Cool Kids" is being offered as a public service at no cost to the participants.
The brainchild of Lisa Ducommun, ARNP-C, "CRMC Cool Kids" will cover a variety of topics throughout the four-week program that are pertinent to kids of this age group.
Materials will be presented in fun and hands-on educational manner. The four key areas that will be covered include: Healthy Lifestyles, Home Alone Essentials, Bullying: No Laughing Matter, and Community Service. Ducommun will serve as the primary instructor for the program with additional CRMC staff members assisting with various aspects of the program.
"CRMC Cool Kids, is targeted for kids entering the 3rd -5th grades because this is an important time within their development when they are still quite impressionable," says Ducommun. "As a medical provider and a mother myself, I feel that it is important to continually educate area youth in subjects that can impact their overall growth and development both physically and socially. I encourage all area kids in this age group to register. It will be fun and very informative," added Ducommun.
In additional to the four main educational topics, each session will cover the importance of proper nutrition and exercise. "In this day and age, childhood obesity is getting way out of control. By providing healthy snack options and promoting fun ways to be active and exercise, we hope to make a difference in the lives of all of the kids who participate," says Matt Hoskinson, CMRC Wellness Center Manager.
Again, this program is being offered by Cherokee Regional Medical Center at no cost to the participants. However, space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register for "CRMC Cool Kids," please call Elissa Doebel at 712-225-3368 extension 240.