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Southside ISD Families participate in a UIW Med School Kitchen Educational Pilot

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UIWSOM medical student Sioned Kirkpatrick is swarmed by children she’s worked with since 2017.
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Southside ISD parents participate in a focus group on healthy eating habits at the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine.
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Southside ISD parents participate in a focus group on healthy eating habits at the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine.
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Southside ISD parents participate in a focus group on healthy eating at the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine.
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A San Antonio Food Bank nutritionist demonstrates healthy meal options at the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine.
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Southside ISD families watch a cooking demonstration on healthy eating.

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A UIWSOM medical student plays “Simon Says” with children from Southside ISD.

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UIWSOM medical student Sneha Aidasani thanks Southside ISD parents for participating in the educational pilot.

At some point, the thought of eating healthier crosses the mind, but actually doing it can be the hard part. Medical students at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine have launched a study that is benefiting Southside ISD families. More than a dozen families are participating in the SOMA! Cenas! nutritional kitchen educational pilot. The overall goal of the project is to offer self-management support. For two months families will be assessed through self-management support groups conducted prior to the food demonstration . They will be measured to see whether there was an increase in self-motivation and confidence by lowering barriers through nutrition education, cooking class, recipes, transportation, and fruits and vegetables. While parents participated in focus groups, about 30 of the district’s children played games with medical students. You might call it, their first introduction into medical school. Parents will return in February to report their progress. The results of this study will be used to help families understand the importance of nutrition and easy methods to modify eating habits. Also, the findings will be presented to the San Antonio City Council to give city leaders an insight into the progress and partnership with the Southside ISD. Before leaving, families were given a bag of groceries from HEB so they can begin practicing healthy cooking habits.

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