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“Gut Show” for Kids

ORANGE CITY, Fla., October 25, 2013 – On October 23, approximately 25 home schooled 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.”

About Florida Hospital Fish Memorial
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is a 175-bed full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services in addition to 24-hour emergency and critical care. The hospital is a member of Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation and works to provide exceptional, patient-focused care to the DeBary, Deltona, Orange City and Sanford communities. Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and is Chest Pain Accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. For more information about Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, visit www.fhfishmemorial.org.

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At the October 23 “Gut Show” at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, approximately 50 home schooled students in West Volusia got hands-on education with some of the human body’s most vital organs. Gail Meadows, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Laboratory Director, showcases actual human organs – hearts, livers, lungs, brains, kidneys and gallbladders – to teach students basic anatomy, as well as the impact lifestyle choices can have on a person’s body.