Oct 31, 2019

Hip Hip Hooray for Nutrition!

Learning about La Olla Familiar
Learning about La Olla Familiar

That’s a wrap on the 2019 school year! The end of October marked the end of another successful year of delivering weekly health trainings to our partner preschool, CEIBI. The year culminated with our nutrition unit. 

As part of the nutrition unit, the students of CEIBI learned about "La Olla Familiar," which is Guatemala’s version of the food pyramid or “My Plate.” A traditional clay pot is used to depict the seven main food groups: grains, fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, fats, and sugars. The diagram represents nutritional guidelines for eating healthy and balanced meals. The first few weeks of the nutrition unit were spent using a giant cut-out of a pot, with printouts of various foods, the kids worked on organizing the food in their perspective food groups. While doing so, they also learned how often each food group should be consumed. Their knowledge of this was put to test at snack time, when they were faced with the choice between fruit and chips and cookies. We are happy to report that everyone chose fruit! 

After learning about the food groups, our nutrition unit continued with vitamins. The kids learned about the importance of integrating vitamin rich foods into our diets. We covered Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K and learned about what foods contain each vitamin. Bonnie, our Community Health Educator, also delivered trainings focused on where our food comes from, whether that plants, trees, or animals, and how the food we consume affects our bodies. Our nutrition trainings were complemented by visits to the RM Educational Garden to learn how to grow and produce nutritionally-rich food. 

The next few months will be spent developing curriculum for the 2020 school year, so stay tuned for new, hands-on, and interactive health trainings!

A personal drawing of La Olla Familiar
A personal drawing of La Olla Familiar
Vitamins!
Vitamins!
Where does our food come from?
Where does our food come from?
Aug 6, 2019

Smile! A Story About Oral Health

Students examining their smiles in the mirror
Students examining their smiles in the mirror

I scream, you scream, we all scream for dental hygiene! As part of the disease prevention unit of our In-School Health Training Initiative to Empower Indigenous Youth for a Healthy Future, we cover the importance of dental hygiene and oral health care. According to the World Health Organization’s 2012 data, 60–90% of school children worldwide have dental cavities. All of these numbers could be lowered with better oral hygiene. The lack of oral hygiene routines lead to the buildup of plaque on teeth and gums, causing painful tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. These issues can be prevented with the understanding and accessibility of a hygiene regimen of flossing, brushing teeth, and using a mouthwash. 

Our In-School Health Training Initiative allows Rising Minds to deliver trainings related to oral hygiene. Through donations, we are able to secure a toothbrush for every student of our partner preschool, CEIBI. Our oral hygiene and dental health trainings cover topics such as the anatomy of a tooth, proper brushing techniques, how to floss, how to care for primary and permanent teeth, and how what we consume, food and drink, can affect the health of our teeth. To help ensure kids are brushing their teeth at home, every student is given a monthly calendar to track the number of times they brush. A calendar is also hung at the personal hygiene station in their classrooms. 

Even the most basic oral hygiene effectively prevents most plaque and therefore reduces the risk of developing dental issues. Oral hygiene improves quality of life by preventing cavities and other tooth decay, and therefore also preventing the discomfort and risk of more severe issues associated with tooth decay and gum disease.

Step by step guide for brushing our teeth
Step by step guide for brushing our teeth
Personal Hygiene Station
Personal Hygiene Station
Brush, brush, brush
Brush, brush, brush
May 10, 2019

Happy 2nd Anniversary!

Students of CEIBI
Students of CEIBI

Rising Minds has been working with our partner preschool, CEIBI, for 2 years! We launched our In-School Health Training Campaign to Empower Maya Indigenous Youth for a Health Future with CEIBI back in 2017. CEIBI serves 60 indigenous children between the ages of 1.5 and 7 years old. We work with the school to deliver weekly health trainings surrounding themes of disease prevention, nutrition, and mental health. We spent the first few months of the school year redesigning our curriculum surrounding these themes, drawing stronger connections to the curriculum standards set by the Ministry of Education. Designing a program that is tied to the curriculum set by the Ministry of Education is of the utmost importance to us.  This way we can work to fulfill the community identified need of a lack of health education while working to make sure students are meeting benchmarks set by the national framework.

Bonnie, our community health educator says, “Health, and all its components, is very important in our daily lives. Because of this, it should be inculcated from the early age of a child. Through our Health Program, Rising Minds is promoting healthy habits in the children of CEIBI.” Furthermore, she states, “The topics we cover in our trainings are tied to the Curriculo Nacional Base set by the Ministry of Education. Standards are contextualized to help ensure a more well rounded education.”

In addition to redesigning our curriculum, we also receiving approval from the Ministry of Education to continue our programming with CEIBI for the coming years! We are thrilled to be able to work with CEIBI and hope to continue to expand to other schools in the surrounding area.

Learning about emotions
Learning about emotions
 
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