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Vascular health begins with V-Healthy Day at BC

Filed in District News by on March 27, 2019

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On Wednesday, March 27, approximately 300 students at Bethlehem Central High School got a hands-on lesson on the long-term impact of smoking, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and genetics on vascular and heart health. The custom curriculum was part of V-Healthy Day, an effort by area health providers to help students recognize and manage vascular risks and encourage the daily habits that can protect a healthy heart decades later.

They also got an insider’s look at a career in health care.

Throughout the V-Healthy Day, students cycled through several stations designed to give them an up-close look at the progression of vascular disease. They engaged in patient diagnosis and assessment, discussed symptoms, treatment and post-care and had a chance to handle medical equipment including some of the stents, wires, and balloons that are used to treat people with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

As a follow-up to V-Healthy Day, students are able to qualify for one of three scholarship awards to be used towards post-secondary education. For those interested, students must identify one or two adults, and monitor their blood pressure and heart rate for one week and write an essay discussing what vascular health is and why V-Healthy Day is important. This past fall, BCHS sophomore Stacey Lee received one of these scholarships after learning about the opportunity from participating in V-Healthy Day on March 13 last year. Read more about Stacey’s experience here.

Thank you to the health care professionals who came to Bethlehem with this innovative and important lesson in preventive health.