SUMMER 2016 COMMUNIQU 15 STUDENTS Celebrating their rst few moments as osteopathic physicians are top Michael Christos Ryan Malek Charles Asbury Ibrahim Sablaban Pranay Chander William Jacobs and bottom Evan Begun Rosemarie Walch Misha Pirzada Amal Khalife Lana Joubert and Michele Johnson. Waiting in line with excitement before hooding were Tonia Haddad Abiaad Alyssa Mary Breaugh Ashley Allemon Chu-Yin Yeh Steven William VanRees Zachary J. Shiver and Jennifer M. Pierce. Happy 2016 grads include Janee Mestrovich Stephen Lim Robert Moore Evan Begun Natha Panzlau Cody Johnson Austin Longberg and Adam Turner. Tall and proud are newly minted D.O.s Matthew Steck Jennifer Nimtz Jessica Henderson Paul Bongat Robert Gioia and Andrew Gould. By Meg Spenchian On Jan. 23 the Pediatric Interest Group an MSUCOM organization for students interested in careers as pediatricians used funds from the MSU Federal Credit Union-sponsored Deans Choice grant program to sponsor a health fair for students in the Holt School District. The health fair called Spartans for Healthy Kids took place at Washington Woods Middle School and drew more than 80 families. Kimberly Mitcham a pediatrician and MSU assistant professor and Kathy Alaimo an MSU professor of food science and human nutrition discussed healthy habits and nutrition with parents while MSUCOM rst- and second- year students helped the children learn that it can be fun to choose nutritious snacks and activities. . People took away a new perspective about healthy life choices and taking one small commitment at a time to change the direction of their lives said Karishma Chopra the pediatrics group public relations chair. The childrens activities ranged from sampling nutritious treats presented by Lettuce Live Well foods in East Lansing to yoga massages a bounce house martial arts and Zumba exercise classes. The health fair also featured MyPlate the U.S. Department of Agricultures nutrition guidelines BMI and blood pressure readings and Mashni Dentistry showing the effects of soft drinks on teeth. Participants could also see OMM demonstrations from the MSUCOM Sports Medicine group and get free eye exams from Holt Eye Care. The Delhi Township Fire Department showed how it uses the Lucas 2 a hands-free CPR tool. We wanted to make an impact in the Holt community through having kids do different physical activities and having hands-on nutritional education said Pediatric Interest Group President Jaya Gupta. We also wanted to reach out to the parents simultaneously which we did through the different nutrition stations vendors and speakers. Even mascots wanted the chance to learn about healthy choices. Along with Sparty Holt High Schools Ram mascot made appearances at the event. Two MSU womens basketball players Tracy Nogle and Taylor Alton spoke about the importance of physical activity. The most rewarding part was seeing the kids become excited about learning about health said Chopra. From seeing them try kale chips and yoga for the rst time to learning about the MyPlate guidelines and being inspired by the MSU athletes at the closing ceremony the impact on the kids and seeing their enthusiasm for healthy habits was the most enriching part of the experience. The event nished off with a rafe featuring passes for a local roller skating rink a family ski pass and gift cards for Fresh Eatery a Lansing restaurant. MSUCOM students host health fair for Holt-area youngsters Pediatric Interest Group members pause for a photo during the Holt School district health fair.