SPOKANE, Wash. – WSU Spokane students from each of the health disciplines on campus are offering their expertise at free wellness fairs for teachers at 10 schools in the Spokane Public Schools district.
Nearly 60 university students participate by taking blood pressures; measuring blood glucose levels, cholesterol and bone density; and giving diet and exercise counseling, among other services and screenings.
Shurrie Dugas, vice president of the Associated Students of WSU Spokane and a doctor of pharmacy student, said the “Move Your Numbers” project began last spring with about half as many schools and university students involved.
“In planning for the new school year we thought we could expand the program for both students and teachers,” Dugas said. “It’s a great opportunity for health sciences students to practice and learn what skills and knowledge students from other programs have.”
Students from nursing, pharmacy, nutrition and exercise physiology, speech and hearing sciences and medicine are involved. They plan to follow up in spring semester to perform the same screenings.
During that round of screenings, Dugas said, “We will be checking to see if the teachers’ ‘numbers’ have moved, hence the name Move Your Numbers.”
Dates and locations for the remaining fairs are:
• Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2:30-5 p.m., Holmes Elementary School, 2600 W. Sharp Ave.
• Thursday, Oct. 17, 2:30–5 p.m., Regal Elementary School, 2707 E. Rich Ave.
• Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2:30–5 p.m., Rogers High School, 1622 E. Wellesley Ave.
• Thursday, Oct. 24, 2:30–5 p.m., Roosevelt Elementary School, 333 W. 14th Ave.
• Tuesday, Oct. 29, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Salk Middle School, 6411 N. Alberta St.
• Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2:30–5 p.m., Audubon Elementary School, 2020 W. Carlisle Ave.
Terren Roloff, WSU Spokane/WSU News Service, 509-358-7527, firstname.lastname@example.org