Stu­dents from IUN of­fer health in­for­ma­tion to Gary res­i­dents

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - News - By Mered­ith Co­lias-Pete Post-Tri­bune

Dur­ing her morn­ing walk at a for­mer down­town Gary high school, Carolynn Fields got the chance to check her blood pres­sure and get some nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion.

It was her sec­ond time walk­ing the track at Ho­race Mann, with walk­ing a new ac­tiv­ity she and her hus­band are shar­ing in hopes of im­prov­ing their health.

In­di­ana Uni­ver­sity North­west’s nurs­ing stu­dents stood by to give her a free health screen­ing.

Peo­ple “every three months should do it,” said Fields, of Gary, “be­cause peo­ple don’t know if they have high blood pres­sure or if they are di­a­betic.”

IUN’s Healthy Path Ini- tia­tive, now in its sev­enth year, had three pop-up screen­ing days this semester. Se­nior nurs­ing ma­jors of­fer free blood pres­sure, body mass screen­ings and in­for­ma­tion on nu­tri­tion for Gary res­i­dents. Stu­dents seek out walk­ers to ask what ba­sic screen­ings they might want.

Stu­dents “more im­por­tantly lis­ten to them and what their con­cerns might be and pro­vide a lit­tle bit of ad­vice and re­sources,” said Juan Aceves, 24, a nurs­ing ma­jor.

Pre­vi­ously, stu­dents set up screen­ings at the South Glea­son Park Golf Course, across from cam­pus. Go­ing to Ho­race Mann, 525 Garfield St., was an ef­fort to bet­ter reach Gary res­i­dents, said stu­dent Sara Shi­mala, 22.

“I feel like, with nurs­ing, we try to be so hos­pi­tal­fo­cused,” she said. “The big pic­ture is that we need to keep peo­ple out of the hos­pi­tal.”

IUN also has sched­uled a health fair on Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the John W. An­der­son Li­brary Con­fer­ence Cen­ter. There will be free screen­ings, such as for b l o o d p re s s u re, b o n e den­sity and HIV test­ing. Lab tests will be of­fered from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and in­clude a well­ness panel, di­a­betes, thy­roid, prostate, hep­ati­tis C and vi­ta­min D.

The well­ness panel lab test­ing will cost $30. Fast­ing is re­quired — water or cof­fee only — for 12 hours prior. Other lab costs vary by test and are due on-site.

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