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Feb. 2, 2006

Local UI Pharmacy Student Gives 'Katy's Kids' Presentation

Kylie Mathias of Moline, Ill., and Heidi Calvin of Creston, Iowa, both first-year students in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, delivered a presentation on medication safety Jan. 18 at Weber Elementary School in Iowa City.

Mathias and Calvin gave three presentations of the "Katy's Kids" program to a total of 140 Weber Elementary students. "Katy's Kids" is a program of the Academy of Students of Pharmacy, the student organization of the American Pharmacists Association. The program's goal is to show youngsters in kindergarten through second grade the benefits of medications when used appropriately, as well the dangers of inappropriate use. The pharmacy students, one dressed as a kangaroo named Katy, taught the elementary students the role of doctors and pharmacists in safe medication usage.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu. Writer: Andrea Schreiber