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Health Awareness Week at Motlow Deemed a Success

Fayetteville Center SGA Involved Area Providers and Students

April 6, 2011

Shelton and Meadows-reducedMichelle Shelton, left, of Lincoln County Health Systems and Gloria Meadows, director of Patrick Wellness Center are just two of many area health agencies that participated in the College's recent event.

The Student Government Association (SGA) of Motlow's Fayetteville Center recently planned and hosted a Health Awareness Week at the College. The event was a huge success according to Debra Smith, assistant director for student services, "It was a great opportunity to have open conversations about health issues that face many of us today."

Throughout the week several booths, tables and displays were set up and manned by local health providers and Motlow students. Heather Warden, director of Junior's House, a regional children's advocacy center, addressed students in the classroom about the center's mission and everyone's obligation to report abuse. Smith said, "Heather did a great job, her presentation was very informative and we received a lot of positive feedback from the students."

At the Patrick Wellness Center booth, Gloria Meadows measured each participant's body composition and emphasized health and fitness available at Patrick including a discount for the students. Michelle Shelton from Lincoln County Health Systems distributed literature about health and safety information and gave out free hand sanitizers and chapstick. The Lincoln County Health Department participated with a booth promoting healthy lifestyles complete with great giveaways.

Students of Motlow's Anatomy and Physiology class prepared tri-fold boards with information about Cystic Fibrosis, the dangers of obesity, skin cancer and much more. The SGA gave away free fruit and granola bars while they administered quizzes on spousal abuse, handed out information about Safety Traveling Abroad and registered donors for a Blood Assurance Blood Drive held at the end of the week.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) students and an instructor from the Tennessee Technology Center in Shelbyville educated students, faculty and staff about drugs in today's society, breast and cervical cancer, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases and the dangers of tobacco. TTC Shelbyville's patient care class also participated with a presentation about health awareness.

Smith praised SGA officers; Catie Wilson, Amanda Slayton, Nickie Fanning, Norris Vaughn, Brooke Smith, Andrae Cooper and Mary Yorba for organizing such a wonderful event. She said, "We had many students who commented about the week's events including those that wished we could have something like this every week."  She concluded, "Over and over I heard students' amazement over some of the statistics and facts presented. Because of all of the wonderful participation from our community's health providers, I think we made a positive, healthy influence on all those who participated."