Pharmacy Students Raise Awareness for Healthy Eating at Community Center
Published on December 14, 2017
Two student groups joined forces to meet with West Philadelphia senior citizens at the Star Harbor community center for a health awareness event.
Students from the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and Operation Heart (APhA-ASP) talked with community members about healthy eating tips before holiday and New Year celebrations on December 5th, 2017.
The students taught the community members how to make a “Vial of L.I.F.E.” kit during their visitation. L.I.F.E stands for Lifesaving Information for Emergencies. The Vial of Life is a nationally recognized program to maintain a record of medical illnesses and medications on a medical information form kept in a prescription vial in the refrigerator. Students distributed stickers that are placed near the home entrance to guide emergency responders to the refrigerator to locate the health information document.
The students asked participants to identify low-nutrient foods and received answers such as sugars, fats, and salt. Community members shared examples of their favorite foods and learned about heart-healthy blood pressure numbers. The students were able to share important points about healthy lifestyles from the American Heart Association (www.heart.org) and perform blood pressure screenings.
ASCP students attending the event were Lalitha Sukumar PharmD'19, Mooniba Abdul PharmD'21, Jenny James PharmD'21, Daniel Kim PharmD'20, Tanielle Aristide PharmD'18, and Tracey Ngo PharmD'21. Operation Heart students included Aishani Patel PharmD'19 and Meghan Chan PharmD'20. Faculty advisors who joined the group were Laura Finn, BCGP, FASCP and Grace Earl, PharmD, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration