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October 23, 2012

A healthy dose of music

Doctor gives kids plenty to sing about

NEWBURYPORT — Obamacare was never envisioned to be like this.

Dr. Mache Seibel, a high-level physician and a low-key musician, visited the Brown School yesterday and provided valuable tips — accompanied by music — on how to grow up as healthy youngsters.

For elementary reasons, there were no handouts or Power Point presentations. Seibel instead strummed his guitar and provided engaging advice to more than 100 tots of kindergarten age.

“Wash Your Hands” was a popular tune, as was “Healthy Halloween.” The Newton doctor drew applause with his version of “Eat Your Vegetables.”

After he stressed the value of veggies, several youngsters volunteered that they actually like broccoli.

Seibel is known for his HealthRock, a Boston-area institute dedicated to health and communication. He sets health education to music to make medical information more memorable, enjoyable and actionable.

One of his goals is to present catchy music to give kids of all ages “the information and inspiration they need to stay healthy, happy and productive.”

He did all that yesterday at Brown School.

Seibel has performed on numerous network morning television programs and has been called “one of America’s most innovative health educators.”

Though he can come across as a mild-mannered entertainer of children, he also has developed a formidable career in the adult world.

He is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the Complicated Menopause Program at UMass Medical Center.

Seibel was a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty for almost 20 years, served as the director of reproductive medicine and infertility at Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School and was medical director of Faulkner Centre for Reproductive Medicine. He has written close to 10 books relating to women’s health issues.

Evidently an educator who can relate to people on many levels, his message includes the following goals: Overcome barr iers to good health, take action and stay healthy, identify potential causes of illness and make adjustments and incorporate great health choices and common sense into daily life.

Yesterday, youngsters heard that message — all put to song.

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