Published: September 18, 2012
Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will host Community Health Day on Thursday, September 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Hampton campus in the Espada Room, Moore Hall. Sponsored by TNCC’s Division of Science, Engineering and Technology and its Red Cross Club, the event will include personal health screenings, blood typing, bone marrow donor registration, a Red Cross blood drive and a one-mile fun run/walk. “The idea behind Community Health Day is to create a collaborative opportunity for service learning about all facets of health for the TNCC community, said Biology Professor Dr. Ann S. Evans.
During the personal health screenings, students, faculty and staff can receive information about their height, weight and body mass index. An interactive blood pressure station will allow participants to hear their heart beat and pulse rate assisted by students in TNCC’s Nursing and Phlebotomy programs. The event will also include bone marrow donor registration conducted by the Be The Match Registry, a program of the National Marrow Donor Program.
Another interactive component of Community Health Day, the one-mile walk/run will get TNCC community members moving. Physical Education Department faculty will chart an easy on-campus course that should take participants 15 to 20 minutes to complete. “The run/walk is to encourage folks, who, like me, will never run a marathon, to get together and get some exercise. Anyone can participate. No sign-up necessary,” Dr. Evans explained.
Also during the event, information about various health-related topics will be displayed on posters, pamphlets and material created by TNCC students. The Division of Science, Engineering and Technology will also advertise its course offerings. “Everyone who participates will benefit. Participants will receive a personal health assessment and learn about health issues such as diet, etc. Students who run the event learn by teaching others. Everyone who donates blood or registers to be a bone marrow donor can feel great about giving to others,” said Dr. Evans.
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