It’s never too early to learn about diabetes

Fourth grade students at De Escandon Elementary in Edinburg, Texas are learning about diabetes.

“We chose fourth grade because we feel that students at that age level are responsible enough and at an age where they can absorb the message,” said Doreen Garza, UTPA College of Health and Human Sciences, Border Health Office Executive Director.

The kids not only took a survey, but they also got to watch a quick video.

“It was geared toward their attention span. It doesn’t move to fast, it doesn’t move to slow. All of the higher order vocabulary, like pancreas for example, is spelled out with pictures and little graphics they can relate to,” said Dr. Shawn Saladin, UTPA College of Health and Human Sciences Associate Dean.

The movie wasn’t the only piece of information given out. Students also took home a small coloring assignment and more importantly, a diabetes registry form to give to someone they know with diabetes.

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