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A.M.C.C.N.S. Hosts “Go Red for Heart Health”

By Harsh Godhani, Managing Editor

The Association of Middlesex County College Nursing Students is co-hosting “Go Red for Heart Health” with professors Katherine Howard and Mary Adams on March 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the College Center lobby, where nursing students will administer free blood pressure screenings and distribute information on healthy preemptive habits college students can practice.

The event will be beneficial for anyone who receives a free prevention checkup for cardiovascular and renal health systems.

This community outreach program was brought to The College by professors Howard and Adams, who strongly believed that students and staff on campus would benefit from their health project.

The community program began at Raritan Bay Medical Center, which The College’s nursing program is associated with.

Howard said, “The event will be staffed by freshman and senior nursing students who volunteer their time on behalf of the AMCCNS. We have at least 40 students staffing the event, taking blood pressures and providing resource material.” Howard said, the event will co-hosted by herself and Professor Adams as part of the AMCCNS Outreach Projects, and it will be one of multiple AMCCNS Outreach Projects.

Nursing students will be set up along the entire College Center lobby and will sit with each individual to take their blood pressure. Afterwards, everyone will receive information on preventions and will have the opportunity to record their per-
sonal readings.

Adams said that while “Go Red Day” is a national day to raise awareness and support of women’s health and heart disease among women, the free blood pressure screenings aren’t being offered exclusively for women – anyone can have one. This is a program to alert all individuals on how they can prevent future heart problems.

Howard said, “The risk factors we identify through our interactions with the screened students remain consistent. There is a general lack of knowledge about how hypertension is an asymptomatic disease, and screening even for a young adult discovers early blood pressure problems, [which] can be treated before permanent damage to the cardiovascular and renal systems occurs. We also have found that students benefit from information on the basics of healthy nutrition and the risks of smoking, eating junk food, and using energy drinks. This year we are also planning to provide information about the risks of vaping.

Howard said, “Last year we screened over 150 MCC students and staff for hypertension and potential cardiac risk factors. Our goal this semester is to hopefully help out even more [people] who may be at risk but are unaware.”

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