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IRH Provides Wellness Screening Services for Business, Industry

*Original story available on WKU News. Please visit http://wkunews.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/irh-screenings-2014/to be taken directly to the story.

Students and staff in WKU’s Institute for Rural Health provided more than 560 wellness screening procedures to employees at J. M. Smucker Co. in Scottsville in 2013-14.

The IRH staff worked with 29 bachelor-degree nursing students to provide screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, bone density and body mass index and one-on-one health education for 194 patients, resulting in 158 student engagement hours.

Also, Eiman AlEissa, a Master of Public Health student working as an IRH intern, designed and provided oral health education to 194 Smucker employees.

Employee wellness events such as this provide students with a great occupational nursing experience and allows the students to put into practice the knowledge gained in the classroom, IRH Director Matt Hunt said.

“Our employees always enjoy the interaction with the students and will often follow up with me after they have been made aware of a potential health concern during the health fair,” Julia Tabor, Plant Registered Nurse at J.M. Smucker Co., said. “Prevention is the key to maintaining good health and the WKU IRH helps me to educate the JMS population. I also appreciate the opportunity to share with our future RN’s a glimpse into the occupational health nursing field.”

In addition to Smucker, IRH worked with ALPHA and Bowling Green Metalforming in Bowling Green, Halton Co. in Scottsville and Delta Faucet in Morgantown.

Contact: Matt Hunt, (270) 745-4138; or Tracey Osborne, (270) 745-8815.

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