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Healthy U @ NNU

Published on Oct 13, 2015.
Have you had your flu shot yet? What about a mammogram? Staff and students at NNU had the opportunity to get flu vaccines, blood pressure checks, cholesterol screening, blood sugar checks, mammograms and body fat % calculations at the Healthy U @ NNU Health Fair on October 2nd in the Student Center.

The senior nursing students in Nursing 4010: Nursing of Diverse Populations in the Community collaborated with the Kinesiology Department, Peer Health Educators and Terri Blackburn from the Student Wellness Center to sponsor the Health Fair. Nursing students performed the blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar screenings in addition to administering the flu vaccines. They were able to serve approximately 150 individuals during the Health Fair. St. Alphonsus Medical Center provided the Mobile Mammogram unit for the event so women could have a mammogram done as a part of this health promotion event.

Representatives from the Idaho Immunization Coalition brought a working iron lung to the Health Fair for participants to see and experience. The iron lung on display at the Health Fair was used by an Idaho resident for many years. It represented survival for the many individuals who were afflicted with polio in the days before there was a vaccine to protect against polio.

Representatives from the Idaho Immunization Coalition explained how the iron lung worked and how nursing care could be provided to the polio victim inside through a series of portholes in the machine. A sugar cube was a part of the exhibit as the early version of the polio vaccine was administered to schoolchildren through a sugar cube. Dimes were also a part of the iron lung display to point out the important role that the March of Dimes has had in the eradication of infantile paralysis or polio. The picture on the dime is that of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who suffered from polio and was the founder of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which later became the March of Dimes.

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The Department of Nursing at Northwest Nazarene University provides undergraduate, degree completion and graduate programs related to the professional field of nursing. We are nationally accredited and offer programs that can meet the needs of students in a wide variety of settings.