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BSC Beckley Campus Nursing Students and Beckley Plaza McDonald’s Partner During Healthy Initiative

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    Monday, October 29 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College Beckley Campus Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students partnered with the Beckley Plaza McDonald's during a recent "McNurses Night" at the restaurant.

"BSC student nurses provided free blood glucose and blood pressure checks for the public while other students actually worked behind the counter alongside McDonalds employees to promote the relationship between the nursing program and the restaurant," explained Deborah Tonelli, BSC Beckley Campus Nursing Instructor.

Beckley physician Dr. Kelly Pitsenbarger provided the students and the public with informational pamphlets promoting healthy eating, nutrition, and exercise. The Beckley Plaza McDonald's donated 15% of its sales during the three-hour period program to assist in underwriting costs with the BSC ADN second year students' pinning ceremony next May.

"The students raised $755 while providing an important service in the community," Tonelli continued. "The Beckley Plaza McDonald's owners, Tim and Myra Harper, expressed interest in participating in this type of events with students periodically throughout year to support the BSC nursing program."