The Family Health Challenge's fourth week was "Move Every Day!" Fourth graders at PS 83 and the children at the Mary Mitchell Center learned about the recommended daily amount of time that should be spent exercising and the effects that exercise have on the mind and body. The kids learned that they should be doing physical activity at least 60 minutes per day and that they could break up those 60 minutes into more manageable time slots. Students were encouraged to replace “screen time” with physical activity in order to meet the 60-minute guideline. In preparation for the weekly activity, children were asked to list their favorite physical activities from sports to exercise routines. The doctors then demonstrated where the children could find their pulse. They were asked to notice their pulse at rest. Then they did a series of exercises including jumping jacks, running in place, and squats. The children noted the changes in their pulse rates and bodies after the exercises. Every child was given a jump rope at the end of the lesson to help them continue the behavior of moving every day! And it worked! The children reported the following week that they all used their jump ropes!
The following doctors participated in week 4: Dr. Ugen Lhamu, PGY1-Peds, Metropolitan Hospital Dr. Oluwabukola Alo, PGY2-Peds, Bronx Lebanon Dr. Aaron Arrendondo, PGY3-EM, Bellevue Dr. Vibha Gupta, PGY3-EM, Bellevue Dr. Ana Gutierrez, PGY1-Peds, St. Barnabas Dr. Juliana Vera, PGY3-Peds, St. Barnabas Dr. Michael Bergen, PGY4-Radiology, Kings County Dr. Ashley Patterson, PGY2-Peds, Jacobi Medical Center We’ve also had some great support from 4th-year medical students from Einstein. They are Aditi Kamal, Sagar Pathak, and Emily Suh!
PEI is committed to providing resident physicians and faculty with learning opportunities to develop these important systems improvement skills. PEI also seeks to develop resident physician champions who can share what they have learned with their faculty and resident colleagues – and develop into published QI leaders after completing their training.