“What’s Up, Doc?” Teaches Kids about Being Healthy, Reducing Screen Time, and More

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“What’s Up, Doc?” Teaches Kids about Being Healthy, Reducing Screen Time, and More

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ALBANY, NY (May 23, 2018) CDPHP and Troy City School District’s School 2 partnered today on “What’s Up, Doc?” – an innovative new program using familiar faces to show students in kindergarten through second grade that visiting the doctor doesn’t have to be scary. CDPHP medical director Pablo Lopez, MD, interacted with Elmo and Bugs Bunny to talk about how shots keep us healthy, why it’s important to ask questions, and how to limit the amount of time spent watching TV or using electronic devices.


“Young kids often equate visiting the doctor with getting shots, and that’s a tough association to break,” said Dr. Lopez. “By incorporating familiar cartoon characters and role playing, we can show them there’s nothing to be scared of, and that their doctor is there to help them be as healthy as they can be,” added Dr. Lopez.


"We are very excited to have a strong community partnership with CDPHP,” said School 2 Principal Natélegé Turner-Hassell. “This event will give our young students the opportunity to learn more about going to the doctor's office and ask questions that will eliminate a lot of their anxiety," she added.  


Students were encouraged to ask questions after the program to further their understanding of the importance of doctor visits. CDPHP hopes to continue to offer this program to elementary schools throughout the Capital Region.


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Established in 1984, CDPHP is a physician-founded, member-focused and community-based not-for-profit health plan that offers high-quality affordable health insurance plans to members in 24 counties throughout New York. CDPHP is also on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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