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Hands-on health

24 June 2011

Healthy living workshopsCardiff medical student, Michael Booth pictured with pupils from Baden Powell Primary School in Cardiff

School children from across South East Wales are getting the chance to learn more about the way food travels through their bodies and how their heart works as part of a series of interactive healthy workshops organised and delivered by Cardiff medical students.

Third-year medical students Matthew Baldwin, Michael Booth and Mathew Wheeler are visiting primary schools over the next few months to give year 5 and 6 pupils hands-on experience of the human body.

Among the key challenges for pupils is understanding how food journeys through the body and why science is so important to their health.

"These workshops are only possible because of the enthusiasm of our medical students and willingness of schools to take part," according to Vicki Roylance, Senior Widening Access Officer, who organised the workshops alongside the medical students.

The school children get the chance to gain practical experience of the human body by playing with rubber torsos, anatomy tunics and will have the chance to try out and use the doctor’s tool of the trade – the trusty stethoscope.

Vicki added: "They really are a win-win: schools get the chance to have medical students come in and deliver interactive sessions which aids pupils with their learning whilst our medical students are able to share their knowledge and improve key communication skills."