AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

PROJECT DESCRIPTION/CONTACT INFORMATION
Project title Kid's Health Fair
Project type(s) Community Service
Date completed 11/2004
Chapter Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center SOM
Project Coordinator Heidi Edmondson
Summary of project Our local AMSA chapter organized a booth at the TMA Kid's Health Fair at the Boys and Girls Club. At our booth, we had children race, and then breathe through a straw (we had them hold their nose so they could not cheat). We then explained to them that how it felt was similar to how a smoker feels, and that smoker's have a hard time breathing because the smoke damages their lungs. Some of our AMSA members also participated in other booths that educated children on childhood obesity related issues, such as how to eat a healthy diet, what foods are bad for you, etc.

Content area Tobacco
Number of participants 5
Participant hours involved 10 hour(s)
PROJECT PLANNING
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
FUNDING & ADVERTISING
Total project cost $15
Project funding Local chapter funds
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising Email to students to encourage participation. The children were present as part of an after school program.
PROJECT EVALUATION
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
5
Lessons/suggestions Talk to the children at their level. MAke sure they understand that people who smoke are not bad people (many of the children will have relatives who smoke). Make sure they understand that the decisions they make in life (such as to smoke or not) will hav

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
Comments This project was a lot of fun, and the kids loved it!