Posted Date: 10/14/2019
Students at Hempstead Middle School were excited as they entered the gym for PE on Friday, October 11, and saw the MEGA Lungs™ and MEGA Body™. The Mega inflatables were brought in by HMS Counselor Sarah Peck with the help of her brother, Geoff Hood of Medical Inflatables, to educate students on the effects of smoking and drug abuse as they got ready to kick off Red Ribbon Week at the end of the month.
President & CEO Lauren Hill and her team from Medical Inflatables visited each PE class period at HMS and talked to the kids about the dangers of drugs and how they affect the body. After a short presentation which included student involvement, the students were able to go inside the Mega Inflatables.
One activity that involved the students demonstrated the effects that drugs have on the brain and how reactions slow down as messages travel from the brain to the arm and back. “Drugs kills brain cells,” said Steven Ruiz. “Under the influence, we aren’t thinking straight.”
The 12 foot tall MEGA Lungs exhibit provided a highly interactive education experience for the students. While in the Mega lungs, students learned about the various structures that make up the lungs and normal lung functions. In addition, they learned about various diseases associated with the lungs including asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, emphysema and vaping.
The MEGA Body, which is approximately 12 feet high, 26 feet wide and 50 feet long, also provided students with an interactive experience of the inner workings of the various internal organs and how they work together through the entire body. As the students traveled through the larger-than-life body, their guide went over exercises that will help them keep their vital organs strong. They also saw just how important healthy teeth are to have a healthy body.
The entire exhibit helped encourage the students to set healthy goals through nutrition and physical activities and to stay away from drugs. Ms Peck has several activities planned for the students during Red Ribbon Week is October 23-31 to promote being drug free as they travel through life.