Blood pressure, health and Seven Simple Steps to be offered at Health Fair

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Blood pressure, health and Seven Simple Steps to be offered at Health Fair

February 5, 2010

 Blood pressure checks
Northwestern nursing graduate Mary Kunze checks blood pressures during the Stroke Awareness Seminar last year. Members of the Student Nurse Association encourage the public to attend the SNA mini health fair Feb. 15 in the Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students from SNA will provide free blood pressure checks and offer other important health tips to all who attend.
Members of the Student Nurse Association (SNA) at Northwestern Oklahoma State University will be checking blood pressures and giving information on overall health at the SNA mini health fair on Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center.

This free event is open to the public and sponsored by SNA.

Information based on the American Heart Association's "Seven Simple Steps to a Better Life," will be available for all individuals

The seven simple steps are as follows:
• Get active;
• Eat better;
• Lose weight;
• Stop smoking;
• Control cholesterol;
• Manage blood pressure;
• Reduce blood sugar.

When the nursing students previously performed blood pressure checks at Northwestern, they found more students had high blood pressure than had normal blood pressure. The goal of this health fair is to provide some general education on overall health that benefits students and the community.

“We look forward to giving back to the Northwestern community,” said Wendy Bershe, Alva senior and SNA president.

Bershe, along with fellow officers and nursing students will help conduct the health fair. Officers include Maggie Lamle, Aline senior, secretary; and Whitney Judd, Seiling freshman, class historian. Other nursing students providing education are Tony Stolzy, Tulsa senior; Kirsten Cornett, Alva senior; and Antony Nduati, Alva senior.

For more information about SNA and the mini health fair, contact Bershe at wlbersche06@rangers.nwosu.edu. To learn more about Northwestern’s Division of Nursing, contact Dr. Carole McKenzie, nursing chair, at (580) 327-8489 or camckenzie@nwosu.edu.

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