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News Release

Contact: Dawn Roznowski, NIU College of Health and Human Sciences
(815) 753-6161

February 19, 2009

Nursing, clinical laboratory students provide screenings
at NIU Family Health, Wellness and Literacy Center

DeKalb, Ill. — Students from Northern Illinois University’s College of Health and Human Sciences will offer community wellness screenings Thursday, Feb. 26, to interested individuals.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 9 a.m. at the NIU Family Health, Wellness and Literacy Center, located at 3100 Sycamore Road.

NIU nursing students, with faculty oversight, will conduct blood pressure checks and provide participants with education materials.

In addition, clinical laboratory science faculty members and students will conduct glucose and total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglyceride and coronary risk assessment screenings. The test is an instant screening and requires a 12-hour fasting period. The fee for the screenings is $25 per person.

“It is important for students in our programs to be able to participate in an event like this. It allows them to promote health care in a fun and interactive method,” Dean Shirley Richmond said. “Both nursing and clinical laboratory students are looking forward to the opportunity to reach out to the community with this health screening.”

The idea for a student-run health screening was inspired to provide community-health nursing students and clinical laboratory science students with a hands-on opportunity to reach out to the community.

“Students and faculty members are looking forward to the opportunity to work together in the new facility,” said Dawn Roznowski, assistant to the dean for finance and clinic operations and coordinator of the Feb. 26 event.

The School of Nursing and Health Studies and the clinical laboratory science programs are two of the programs offered in the College of Health and Human Sciences. The college offers diverse baccalaureate programs that prepare students for entry into specialized career and professional fields within the fields of health and human services.

For more information about the wellness screenings, call (815) 753-1891.

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