KidFit team visits Wicksburg Elementary

The SAMC Foundation/Kohl's KidFit team is visiting Wicksburg Elementary school this month. This is Wicksburg's KidFitWicksburg310x153 second year in the program. The Koh'ls Kids Fit for Life program has promoted a healthier lifestyle to more than 80,000 Dothan area children and their families this school year. The program is part of a six session curriculum taught during the school's physical education time, led by the Living Well Fitness staff.

Therapy dogs visit ACOM students

Seven dogs from the Volunteer Services department's Pawsitive Therapy program visited students at ACOM on the first day of exams this week. The aim of the event, coordinated by medical student Hannah Zeltzer, president of ACOM's Health and Wellness student organization, was to expose the students to therapy dogs and the dog/human connection.

"This is so comforting; it's a little taste of home during a stress filled week. I'm so ACOM student Julia Todd glad to have the dogs here," said medical student Julia Todd.

SAMC Volunteer Services Director Jamie Weeks said, "I thought it was a great way for our future physicians to experience first hand the impact of therapy dogs."

The dogs were available to the students for two hours. Weeks said many students enjoyed the opportunity, and some sat in the floor or even laid down in the floor with the dogs. The event will be repeated during the spring exam period.

ACOM student Hannah Zeltzer spends a few minutes with Bonnie, a 5-year-old ACOM student Hannah Zeltzer golden retriever in the Pawsitive Therapy program.

Spreading good cheer...and clean hands

SAMC Public Relations team members Debbie Ingram-Ward and Steve Pearce pose for a photo 4026DebSteveSantaBooth310x153 during the Downtown Group's Christmas festival on Dec. 6. SAMC sponsored Santa Claus' appearance and also gave out free popcorn, miniature footballs imprinted with heart attack warning signs, hand sanitizer and information cards on the importance of handwashing during cold and flu season.