2018-01-12 / Education

C.A. Johnson Health Sciences Magnet students fighting diabetes and heart disease in our community

Contributed by Richland One Schools

Students in C.A. Johnson High School’s Health Sciences Magnet are tackling diabetes and heart disease, two of the most serious illnesses affecting our community. On Saturday, January 20, students will host A Road to a Healthier Me, a community wide health fair that will include health screenings, food demonstrations, exercises, dancing, workshops, Zumba, karate demonstrations, puppet shows, door prizes, bouncy houses, and a whole lot of family fun.

Health Sciences Magnet coordinator Leah Scott says diabetes and heart disease are rampant in our community, and the idea behind this health fair is to teach families how to be healthier while making it fun and exciting.

“Diabetes and heart disease are hitting home with a lot of us. These are often life and death diseases. Our students are trying to do something about it. As a Health Sciences

Magnet, we think it’s important to raise awareness about the prevalence of these diseases. Through this health fair, we’ll tie in different health care systems, public and private, to help people be more conscientious about eating healthy and being physically fit.

At most health fairs, you sit and listen, but not here. We’ve made it engaging, informative and fun for all ages. We’ve got a lot of events going on, so people can be involved and have fun while they learn to live and eat a little better.”

A Road to a Healthier Me, which will be held from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at C.A. Johnson, is free and everyone, including families, the elderly, churches, businesses, and community members are invited to attend.

Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register online at bit.ly/CAJ_HealthEvent2018 or call 253-7092 by Thursday, January 18. On-site registration also will be available at the event on January 20. C.A Johnson is located at 2219 Barhamville Road.

A tasty continental breakfast will be served from 9–10 a.m. At 10:15 a.m., keynote speaker Dr. Eshe Faizah, a master herbalist, organic master gardener, and holistic lifestyle consultant, will have a workshop focusing on empowering visitors to take control of their health.

At 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., USC’s First Lady Patricia Pastides will do a cooking demonstration highlighting the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. In addition to learning healthier eating and cooking tips, visitors are encouraged to get glucose and flu screenings, learn back pain relief exercises, receive personal fitness plans, learn how to lose weight, or just relax by doing a canvas painting.

Highlights include a Kids Corner, health-related puppet shows, dancing for fitness, karate and dance competitions, bouncy houses, and an obstacle course game where children jump hurdles, jump rope, ride tricycles, and perform other feats. Health Sciences Magnet students will be on hand to teach basic CPR, how to check your blood pressure, and how to create healthy recipes to lower sodium and sugar intake.

High-tech healthcare also will be on display. Visitors will be able to wear virtual reality goggles that simulate and teach how to respond to someone experiencing an illness, such as a heart attack. Other sessions will teach about caring for the elderly and the impact of fast food on the diets and health of young children.

Numerous community groups participating in the event through demonstrations, workshops, etc. include the University of South Carolina, Palmetto Health, the American Red Cross, Heartland of Columbia Rehabilitation and Nursing, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, the James R. Clark Sickle Cell Foundation, Maxim Healthcare Services, SynDaver Labs, and the Virtual Education System.

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