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BSC Associate Degree Nursing Students Take Part in Community Walk to Stop Diabetes

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    Wednesday, September 11 2013
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

(Bluefield)—Nearly 30 Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students and BSC ADN program director Sandra Wynn took part in "The 2 Virginias' Community Walk to Stop Diabetes," in Bluefield, VA. The September 7 community service initiative was coordinated by Bobby J. Cartwright.

BSC nursing students conducted blood sugar and blood pressure checks, presented information to participants, distributed free glucometers, and participated in the walk. Wynn also delivered a five-minute educational presentation that discussed diabetes risk factors, statistics, and complications. The American Diabetes Association reports that nearly 26 million Americans are living with diabetes and another 79 million have pre-diabetes.

"Activities such as this give our students the opportunity to interact with clients in the community and provide screenings that may lead to early diagnosis of diabetes and other chronic health conditions," Wynn observed. "It is imperative for students to see the well patient in the community in contrast to the ill clients in the acute care settings. Our goal at BSC is to foster our students' commitment to community service and outreach."

"Every step we took and every dollar we raised through our Community Walk helps the American Diabetes Association provide community-based education programs, protect the rights of people with diabetes, and fund critical research for a cure," Cartwright added.