West Potomac Academy Sponsors Health Fair for Head Start Students

News Release
February 12, 2019

Students studying health and medical sciences career courses at West Potomac Academy, a Governor’s Health Sciences Academy, will host the ninth annual health and wellness fair, Passport to Good Health, for children in the West Potomac Head Start program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13; Thursday, February 14; and Friday, February 15.  West Potomac Academy is one of six high school academies in Fairfax County Public Schools.  


Head Start students will meet and learn from academy students studying Dental Careers, Exploring Health Sciences-Exploring the Language of Medicine, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Tech, and Physical-Occupational Therapy. They will learn what happens during a regular check-up with a doctor and dentist, how to best brush their teeth properly, and will participate in physical and occupational therapy activities to engage gross and fine motor skills. The Head Start students will learn which medications at home are helpful and which could be harmful, and how healthy eating can keep you from getting sick. They will create life-sized drawings of their body systems and learn about their bodies look and work on the inside. 


The Passport to Good Health program is an example of how health and medical science students at West Potomac Academy reach out to the community to share health and wellness education.  Students participate in service learning projects with business and community partners and HOSA’s district, state, and national competitions, and volunteer in local elementary schools and retirement home facilities.  Starting in the spring, students will be placed in clinical observations, internships, and job shadow placements in dental offices, medical facilities, physical therapy clinics, and pharmacies.

 
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For more information, contact Maria Kappel at 703-718-2753 or maria.kappel@fcps.edu.