Day 25: March of Dimes & Earth Day

March of Dimes, March for Babies
The March of Dimes March for Babies at Maritime Park was held from 8 am to 11 am. Arriving there to set up took a lot of man power for myself. I had to carry a box of cook books for what felt like a mile. The parking lot was already filled by 7 am and we had to look for the high school student volunteers to assist us in setting up a tent. It did not take long for us to set up, although it was windy so the weather brought us a bit of a challenge as we attempted to keep all of our promotional items from flying away. I was with Skye and Kara for this event and we realized when we got there that there were more people than we anticipated, so Skye drove back to the health department to gather more items that the community members could use and have fun with. She came back with the 5-2-1-0 spinning wheel, more 5-2-1-0 bags, and hula hoops. The 5-2-1-0 spinning wheel promotes physical activity that everyone participate in doing. I saw that the children had more fun spinning the wheel to exercise than the adults. However, both adults and children participated. Some children even learned new exercise techniques, like lunges and arm circles. The 5K run started around 9 am after introductions. This was an absolute family-friendly event. We presented some of our programs that the health department offers, such as Pre-Diabetes Prevention and 5-2-1-0. We tell those who have concerns about possibly being pre-diabetic that they could take our quiz that could allow them to have insight on them possibly acquiring it. After, we give them the option to sign up for our free program and hand them a brochure if they prefer to call or e-mail our registered dietician, Kara. For those who are already diabetic, we handed them the 5-2-1-0 brochure, and educated them about it. We also gave away folate-rich cook books and promoted to increase their folate intake. I am still surprised at how many people are not aware of all of our services in the health department, even though I know that CHEN is in its own secured division. We definitely educated and promoted healthy eating habits and physical activity during this event while we had fun as well.

Earth Day
Earth Day at Bayview Park was so packed! I could barely find a parking spot and a way into the parking lot when I drove near the docks. There were more sponsors and promoters of this event as opposed to March of Dimes, March for Babies. I did not arrive here until about 11:30am because I went straight to this event after I finished at Maritime Park.  We reminded the public as we were handing out sunscreen and mosquito repellent to use both daily. We handed out SPF 30 sunscreen lotion, and mosquito repellent that consisted of some natural oils, such as citronella and lemongrass. As we stuffed 5-2-1-0 bags with those items, we also informed gave them bicycle safety information, mosquito prevention brochure, Pre-Diabetes Prevention program brochure, 5-2-1-0 brochure, and inflatable soccer balls. The first promotional information item we ran out of was the mosquito prevention brochure, so we had to inform those who came to our tent/booth what to do and insisted on going onto the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County’s website for more information. Everyone had fun speaking to those who came to our tent and we believe that it was a wonderful and even more so crowded turn out.

For this event, Jeanne and Corey had to bring the CHEN’s own set up. We had our own tent, table, and chairs. I assisted with driving back to the CHEN to load up and bring the equipment back. It was a definite work out for me. Being out in the sun and lifting makes me also realize that with the job, physical strain could come with it as well. It is definitely tiring, yet rewarding.

Total Daily Hours Earned:  8.83
Total Internship Hours Acquired: 135.13

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