POTSDAM - Alexandru Stoian, M.D., is passionate about improving the health of area residents, and he believes strongly in introducing beneficial concepts to children at an early age.
The Canton-Potsdam Hospital cardiologist seeks every opportunity he can to promote a message of adequate sleep and healthy eating habits for kids. Dr. Stoian and Danielle Grant, physical education teacher at Lawrence Avenue Elementary School in Potsdam, recently found a perfect venue during the North Country Childrens Museums program, Kid Power: Fun and Fitness held at the Clarkson University Bookstore as part of the Museum Without Walls series of educational programs.
Children in attendance learned about the importance of getting adequate sleep - 12 hours for preschool children and 9-10 hours for school-aged children and adolescents. The children discussed the benefits of fruits and vegetables over what Dr. Stoian refers to as sticky foods - those high in sugar, corn syrup, fat and other unhealthy ingredients.
In his profession as a cardiologist, Dr. Stoian says he sees daily the effects of unhealthy eating habits, poor lifestyle choices and lack of sleep and exercise. He believes the key to prevention is early education and developing good eating habits for children. He says many youngsters quickly become advocates for a healthy lifestyle for their entire family.
It is healthier and much more efficient to prevent a disease than it is to treat it, Dr. Stoian said.
Dr. Stoian and Ms. Grant demonstrated how health professionals take a persons pulse, measure blood pressure, take a temperature and measure the oxygen level in the blood. They discussed how muscles make the body move and how they get their fuel from the blood pumped by the heart.
Ms. Grant taught the children a fun form of aerobic exercise called Drums Alive, in which students use drums sticks to beat on therapy balls following the instructors motions. They then had the students check each others pulse and blood pressure. Ms. Grant performed a few yoga poses while poetry was being read and discussed how important it is for the body to stretch its muscles. The exhibit concluded with a discussion about nutrition.
The program was organized by the North Country Childrens Museum (NCCM), an emerging organization with the goal of promoting childrens education. The NCCM will focus on learning and discovery for children in preschool through middle school and their families.
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