Young Doctors Club
FITNESS: Nutrition and Disease
The Young Doctors Club is a series of lesson plans that will be ‘patient’ centered. The primarily science and nutrition based curriculum web will explore concepts of both normal functioning anatomy and diseased anatomy, nutrition, and fitness. This club will be based on the sustainable afterschool Young Doctors Club curriculum that exists based on the partnership between the Brown Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program and Roger Williams Middle School on the Southside of Providence. Students are introduced to patients who present to the emergency department or their doctor’s office with complaints ranging from a heart attack to a high blood sugar. Using non-fiction children’s books they will explore the normal functioning of anatomy and learn how poor nutrition can adversely affect their bodies. The club will explore nutrition in detail with concepts such as sugars, fats, salt, and food allergies. As much as possible, these lesson plans will involve hands-on activities.
- Students will understand the basics of anatomy and physiology of major body systems. Examples include the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, digestive, pulmonary, and endocrine systems.
- Students will be able to recognize the clinical presentation of common acute and chronic illnesses. Examples would include the presenting signs and symptoms of a patient with a heart attack, a new-onset diabetic, or a child with an asthma attack.
- Students will gain a basic understanding of the major building blocks of foods such as proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, as well as exploring nutrients such as vitamins, sodium, and fiber.
- Students will be able to decipher nutrition facts labels and use them to choose healthier foods.
- Students will become familiar with the Plate Method to help maintain more balanced diets.
- Students will begin to understand the connection between poor nutrition and chronic diseases. Examples include diets high in simple carbohydrates and diabetes, or diets high in saturated fats and coronary artery disease.
- Students will learn about cancer screening and preventive strategies such as avoiding tobacco products and knowing their family history.
- Students will be made aware of common food allergies such as peanuts and gluten. This will help normalize their peers who are faced with these restrictions.
- Students will gain a better awareness of the global issues of malnutrition.