For the third year in a row, Frostburg State University’s students are invited to take charge of their personal health and make informed decisions about wellness by participating in free bio-medical health screenings made available through Creating Healthy, Informed, Lasting Lifestyles (CHILL), a student wellness initiative. The screenings will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 21 and 22, and Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 29 and 30, in the Leake Room of FSU’s Cordts PE Center. Students will be able to have their blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, blood sugar and cholesterol levels checked, all while earning CHILL prizes.
“This is a great opportunity for students to see how healthy they are at this moment in their lives,” said April Baer, FSU’s coordinator for University Wellness.
To complete the screening, students will need to refrain from eating or drinking anything but water for at least eight hours prior to the screening. Baer also noted the importance of participants being aware that the screenings involve having a vile of blood drawn to check the blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
“The discomfort will be minimal but the benefits are huge,” Baer said. “Each student screened will have access to follow-up care at Brady Health Center, including free consultations with nursing staff and our CHILL dietician. In addition, we hope to continue to connect our student screeners with physical trainers and other action-packed programs as well.”
In exchange for the student’s time, each participant will receive a complimentary breakfast, a free CHILL T-shirt, and be entered in drawings for other free CHILL prizes. The first 25 students in line each morning for the screenings will also receive a special bonus CHILL prize.
To be eligible for the screening, students must be at least 18 years of age and not have any previous diagnosis concerning their blood sugar or heart health. Students who do not qualify for this screening are encouraged to contact Brady Health Center to make an appointment to have the screening performed at a later date.
Originally launched in September 2008 with a contribution from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, CHILL promotes health practices and education among college students and the local community. Since 2008, CHILL has performed over 1,150 screenings with nearly 77 percent of the results indicating at least one health concern. The goal of CHILL’s screenings is to get students thinking about the lasting impacts that diet and exercise habits can have upon their bodies physically. CHILL hopes to screen 500 students during the 2010-2011 academic year.
To learn more about CHILL, visit www.frostburg.edu/chill or e-mail email@example.com.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional higher education centers within the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
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