110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
posted Oct 27, 2013 - 7:48:31am
On Oct. 23, approximately 25 homeschooled students in West Volusia received hands-on education with some of the human body’s most vital organs.
The students, ranging in ages from toddlers to teenagers, were at the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial’s “Gut Show,” which aims to teach students basic anatomy, as well as the impact lifestyle choices can have on a person’s body.
Gail Meadows, Florida Hospital-Fish Memorial laboratory director, showcases actual human organs – hearts, livers, lungs, brains, kidneys and gallbladders – to students, even giving them an opportunity to put on gloves and touch the various organs.
Meadows showed the students a smoker’s black lungs to demonstrate why it is important not to smoke; a skin-cancer lesion six-inches in diameter to demonstrate why sunscreen is so important; and a liver with cirrhosis to demonstrate the damage alcohol can do. She also showed them an enlarged heart to demonstrate the damage a high-cholesterol diet can cause, as well as a large worm that was once living inside a one-year-old to demonstrate the importance of proper hand-washing.
“If seeing these organs convinces just one student to make healthier food choices, to not smoke or abuse alcohol, then it is completely worth it,” Meadows said.
For the past 24 years, Meadows has hosted “Gut Shows” at elementary, middle and high schools throughout Volusia and Seminole counties.
“It started in 1989 at my daughter’s third-grade class,” Meadows said. “I offered to bring in organs to the class, to teach them about healthy habits and show the kids how their actions and lifestyle choices affect their organs, and it just grew from there.”
The comments posted below are posted by readers, not by The Beacon staff. These comments express the views and opinions of the authors, and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster. The comments forum is governed by these rules. Please use the report abuse link if you find offensive comments.
Did you find this story interesting or informative? Subscribe to The West Volusia Beacon to read more stories by Special to the Beacon, along with others from our award-winning writers. Subscribe now!