School of Nursing Organizes Kendall-Whittier Health Screenings

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Support from BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma Promotes TU School of Nursing programs to promote healthy lifestyles.

The University of Tulsa School of Nursing has been working with the university’s neighbors to help promote healthy living within one of the city’s most economically challenged neighborhoods.

On March 23, TU Clinical Professor of Athletic Training Jason West and his students from ATRG 3513 held a fitness screening for more than 20 parents and 50 children during Kendall-Whittier Elementary School’s Family Fitness Night. And on March 30, nursing and exercise sciences students conducted a health screening fair for Kendall-Whittier Elementary School students and their parents.  More than 200 students and adults participated in the fair, which included information about nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation and the dangers of smokeless tobacco.  The students also implemented a “heart game” in the gym as student competed as blood racing through the circulatory system

The health screening was supported through a gift from BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma to support TU’s health initiatives in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood.  Through the company’s support, the School of Nursing has developed a yearlong series of programs and activities that improve the health and well-being of Kendall-Whittier residents. 

David Hamby