By Matt Pahulick
In honor of Women’s Heart Health Month the Student Nursing Association of LCCC held free blood pressure screenings Jan. 30 for anyone who would be interested. They took over the College Commons, wearing red shirts to promote their heart-healthy message.
Student nurse Katy Sherrill was one of the volunteers who helped give the blood pressure screenings, a test she advised students and community members to take advantage of. “We want to get the knowledge out that February is heart awareness month and to let people have a free opportunity to have a free screening and to know their blood pressure,” said Sherrill.
With blood pressure and heart health not being a high priority for many busy people, especially younger college students, it would seem that the turnout at the screenings would be somewhat low. But much to the delight of Sherrill and the other volunteers, the turnout was quite the opposite. The free screening booth had around 150 visitors at press time with more to be expected throughout the day. Although no specific goal was set to meet, a goal of reaching as many people as possible was mentioned.
The SNA and the Free Blood Pressure Screening crew will be on campus again Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for those who missed them this time around. Sherrill and the SNA are all very hopeful that students will take advantage of the free screening, and will show support for Women’s Heart Health by wearing red on Feb. 1 to celebrate the start of Women’s Heart Health Month.