Free BP Screening and BMI Assessments Provided by School of Pharmacy
Buffalo, New York – June 7, 2013 – Free blood pressure screenings, body mass index readings and body fat percentage assessments were provided to the public by the D'Youville College School of Pharmacy at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market on Saturday, June 1.
More than 40 people stopped by for screenings and assessments.
According to the American Heart Association, regular blood pressure screening is important because it helps detect risk factors in their earliest stages. Being overweight increases your chances of developing high blood pressure.
Pharmacy students James Moran, Marisa Yochum, Tera McIlwain and Finda Sankoh conducted the BP and BMI assessments, and provided health, and allergy information under the supervision of Dr. Lampkin and Dr. Nicole Cieri, professors of pharmacy.
Moran and Yochum developed the idea to set up a School of Pharmacy table at the market so they could provide health information to patrons.
“We hoped that this would be an excellent way for the students, faculty and the college to connect and establish a great relationship with our local community,” Moran said.
Lampkin explains that many patrons asked when the students would return saying they appreciate the service and information. The group plans to be at the market again on Saturday, October 26, or sooner if there any openings due to cancellations.
“This was an excellent learning experience for the students and was well received by the community,” she said.
“The goal is to continue this endeavor in the future and make it a sustainable recurring event.
Dr. Stacie Lampkin at 829-7740.