Sowing the seeds of good health early

For Ms Joyce Ong, who is part of NKF’s school’s outreach team, educating children about the kidneys and how to stay healthy is meaningful. Here, she shares some of her thoughts on the work she is passionate about.

On early education…

“It is important to instil healthy habits and good values in our children as lifelong- related behaviours are developed during their formative years.”

Ways to reach out…

“The team is always on the go, sharing about kidney health through assembly talks, health booths and our highly interactive Kidney Health Education Bus to help students make informed decisions about their diet, lifestyle and personal health.”

Making them interested…

“We reach out to a wide age group – from kindergarteners to tertiary students. To catch their attention, we make sure that the content is age-appropriate and presented in an engaging way. For example, we introduce the kidneys to pre-schoolers through songs, dance and science experiments. Our multi-sensory Kidney Discovery Centre equipped with technology such as motion detectors and touch screens is always a hit with students.”

Leaving an impression…

“I think for children, kidney failure is something that they cannot imagine happening to them as they are still so young. So we help them understand that if they develop unhealthy habits, there could be serious consequences in the future such as contracting diabetes, high blood pressure or kidney failure.”

Personal satisfaction…

“Educating children about the wonders of the kidneys and how to stay healthy is fulfilling for me personally. I can even share this knowledge outside realms of my work, especially with my two young ones at home.”

 

 

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