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Inside Out Health Education Program

November 03, 2010

Inside Out Shows Kids the Effects of Risky Behaviors on Human Organs
Free Hands-on Health Roadshow now Available to Schools

Everett, WA -- Providence Regional Medical Center announces the launch of Inside Out – The Original Organ Show, a unique and innovative health education program offered at no cost to Snohomish County public middle and high schools.

Hands-on demonstration gets amazing response from teenagers

Inside Out features Providence Regional’s clinical educators who use real human organs to show how lifestyle choices affect the inside of the body. This hands-on demonstration includes donated body organs such as an aorta with fatty plaque build-up, smokers’ lungs laden with tar, a heart with a bullet hole, a fragile brain and spinal cord, a hardened liver due to alcohol abuse and more.

“If kids see what is happening on the inside of their bodies when they choose to smoke, drink alcohol, use drugs or engage in other risky behaviors, they start to change. During our demonstrations teens have vowed to quit these behaviors or to never start. It’s amazing the response we get,” said Kathy Ketchum, RN, and creator of the Inside Out program.

Funded by Tulalip Tribes and Providence General Foundation

Inside Out is funded through generous donations from the Providence General Foundation and the Tulalip Tribes. Mel Sheldon, Tulalip Tribes board chair says, “We are pleased to help underwrite this life-changing program for students as part of our smoking prevention and cessation efforts. It’s important that we join together as a community to provide our kids with the right information to make healthy choices.”

Helping kids make healthy decisions

Providence General Foundation board chair, James Finley, MD, agrees, “As we combine resources to help educate our children on the risks of unhealthy behaviors, we begin to change the healthcare landscape for all. We need to keep focusing on prevention and giving children the tools to make good decisions for their health. We are pleased to help fund this hallmark program.”