Seventy children from Kalihi’s Linapuni Elementary School students spent their Good Friday holiday at the fifth annual Keiki Health Camp, sponsored by the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) medical students.

The half-day event kicked off with a nutritious lunch, followed by a warm-up stretch and dance session where students showed off their best “chicken dance,” jumping jacks and renditions of head, shoulders, knees and toes.

Once moving, the youngsters rotated through various educational stations, all creatively crafted by members of the JABSOM class of 2017’s Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Keiki prepared fruit and yogurt parfaits, illustrated well-balanced meals, learned how to identify parts of the human skeleton and pieced together a three-dimensional magnetic human anatomy puzzle. The hand-washing station was particularly popular as students had the opportunity to place their hands in a UV light box and clearly view the difference between clean and unwashed hands.

Students from the University of Hawaiʻi School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene hosted an array of special games to teach keiki how to brush and floss their teeth and how to avoid—or hack—the plaque.

For more on the event, read the John A. Burns School of Medicine news story.

—By Tina Shelton

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2017 Keiki Health Camp (photo by Amanda Shell)