Members Are SMART About Medicine
Most kids know that medicines can help us to feel better when we’re sick, but not all kids know that medicines can also hurt people if used incorrectly. Today, La Conner SMART Kids explored this topic.
First, members learned that medicines are drugs that are good for us, often prescribed by a doctor. Next, members brainstormed all of the reasons that a doctor might suggest a medicine. The list of ideas included disease prevention, to cure a sickness, for diabetes, and to stop pain.
Some youth were surprised to learn that too much of a medicine can make a person sicker, as can taking an expired or old medicine, or taking someone else’s medicine. This is why it is important to only accept medicine from certain people. For example, it’s best to let a parent or trusted adult decide how much aspirin is appropriate for a headache, not a fellow club member.
After the discussion, the SMART Kids enjoyed a fun twist on the classic game of musical chairs. Papers were placed on the ground in a circle with different types of medicines or foods written on them
SMART Kids gives Club Members the skills and training to stay healthy in all aspects of life. By learning to respect ourselves and each other, and to resist peer pressure, Members learn how to safely resist unhealthy substances.
SMART Kids is designed for members ages 6-9. The program runs every Tuesdays in the Dr. Kenyon & Siddy Knopf Education Center from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. For more information on SMART Kids or any other programming related to Healthy Lifestyles please contact the Club at (360) 466-3672 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org