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Lots of people love their hearts
Photos and Story by James Hill
More than 150 people celebrated Valentine’s Day in a “heart healthy” way – by participating in the Feb. 14 “Love Your Heart” health fair, a fun and activity-packed event led by PCC nursing students that took place at Tuality Health Education Center in Hillsboro.
Included in the day were free screenings for blood pressure and body mass; educational breakout sessions to learn strategies for increasing heart health; samples of heart-healthy food and recipes; and take-away information about local healthy-living resources. Additionally, cholesterol screenings were given onsite, at the cost of $20, for those who had registered in advance.
“Increasing public awareness about a healthy heart lifestyle is integral to the education of our students,” said Teri Mills, a nursing instructor at the Sylvania campus of Portland Community College. “The ‘Love Your Heart’ health fair is a perfect bridge – our nursing students engage in hands-on learning at the same time they’re giving back to the community. It’s a ‘win-win’ for everyone,” she said.