Prevea Health patients to receive books at doctor visits

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- A Prevea Health program that started small now expands to all of its Green Bay locations.

“All of us at Prevea in pediatrics think that this is a really important program, so we sort of fought for it to be a part of our pediatric clinics,” says Dr. Michelle Hill, a pediatrician at Prevea Health. ”Ideally, by the time kids get to 5, they've acquired a nice little library of books from their doctor.”

The program is called “Reach Out and Read,” urging kids to read by trading each doctor visit for a brand new book.

“We have a lot of parents having to say, 'OK, we'll read it when we get home,' because their kids are so excited to read the book, but we're trying to do the checkup,” Dr. Hill says.

Starting at six months old, kids will receive a new book at each well-child checkup visit, until they’re 5 years old.

Besides just being a fun distraction from what can be a scary experience for kids, pediatricians say the exchange actually helps them learn.

“It also helps us as clinicians to learn about the development of our patients. So by handing a child a book, it really gives us a lot of information about their fine motor skills, where they're at developmentally, and also their relationship with books at home,” Dr. Hill says.

Books are now available in a variety of languages at all Green Bay Prevea clinics.

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