Lexington doctor uses origami to teach kids about heart health

Makhila Moberly, left, and Cameron Owens write messages in their paper hearts as part of Dr. Sylvia Cerel-Suhl's Kids Art 4 Hearts proejct on Jan. 15. The lesson uses origami, a paper-folding art, to teach children about heart health. Credit: Tom Eblen | teblen@herald-leader.com

Makhila Moberly, left, and Cameron Owens write messages in their paper hearts as part of Dr. Sylvia Cerel-Suhl’s Kids Art 4 Hearts proejct on Jan. 15. The lesson uses origami, a paper-folding art, to teach children about heart health. Credit: Tom Eblen | teblen@herald-leader.com

From the Herald-Leader: A Lexington doctor stands before 50 restless second-graders who have been herded into Maxwell Elementary School’s cafeteria. Her mission is to keep their attention for an hour and teach them the importance of exercising, eating right and not smoking.

It would seem a daunting task, even for a veteran teacher. But Dr. Sylvia Cerel-Suhl has a secret weapon: squares of red and pink paper, which the children will fold into hearts.

Cerel-Suhl developed a lesson called Kids Art 4 Hearts, which she has volunteered to teach more than two dozen times at elementary and middle schools, churches and special events across Kentucky.

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