Nursing Students Provide Free Health Screenings during Hispanic Heritage Month Health Fair

October 10, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Student Nurses Association at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi held a Health Fair on Tuesday, Oct.7, in the Dugan Wellness Center. The event was part of the Island University’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

“We are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with our fourth annual health fair,” said Petra Martinez, Assistant Clinical Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “It is an important service that we provide to the University and Coastal Bend communities every year.”

Nursing students and faculty provided screenings for blood pressure, BMI, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels for the first 150 attendees. There was also educational information on diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension available.  Health eating recipes and cooking information was provided as well as games and door prizes.

“This event is extremely important because it raises health awareness in the community,” said Melissa Martinez, senior nursing student and active member of the Student Nursing Association. “Screenings conducted at this event help guests better understand their health related numbers and prevent future illnesses or diseases.”

For a full list of Hispanic Heritage Month events, go to http://hispanicheritagemonth.tamucc.edu/.