PA students teach health and physical fitness at ACES Mill Road School

Heather Dimock, a physician assistant student, leads a yoga class at ACES Mill Road School in North Haven as part of the Quinnipiac physician assistant students’ program to teach students about the importance of health literacy and physical fitness.

Oct. 22, 2013 - Physician assistant students are spending the academic year teaching health literacy and innovative physical fitness techniques to students at ACES Mill Road School in North Haven.

During a recent visit, the 65 Quinnipiac students challenged the elementary school students to a half-dozen physical fitness activities - ranging from relay races and basketball drills to hula-hooping and dance competitions.

Over the past eight years, she said she has watched the students make better health decisions while encouraging their families to do the same as a result of the Quinnipiac students' weekly visits. During each visit, the students read with the children.

Kerin Berger, a first-year physician assistant student, said she enjoys reading with the students and teaching health and wellness skills.

"It's nice for us to experience working with the children," she said. "So much of our job is interacting with people, and it's important for us to do things like this to better grasp the big picture."

Jesse Oliver, a fourth-grade student at the elementary school, said he loves working with the Quinnipiac students.

"I am really learning a lot," he said. "They are fun to be around."