BU nursing students encourage healthy communities

For Immediate Release

Date:  March 28, 2006


BLOOMSBURG—Two local communities will benefit from health information and services provided by Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania nursing students this April. Students in the community health nursing course will complete their semester-long community assessments of Muncy and Lewisburg by distributing information on diseases, nutrition and exercise at community events.

Student will have an information table at the Lewisburg Flea Market at Silver Moon in Lewisburg on Sunday, April 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students working in Lewisburg found that cancer and cardiac health were two significant concerns within the community. Information on cardiovascular health, aerobic exercise and cancer will be available at the booth. Students will also conduct blood pressure screenings.  

The Lewisburg group will also participate in a children’s health fair at Lewisburg Elementary School on Tuesday, April 4. More than 800 students in kindergarten through fifth grade will learn about fitness, hand-washing and other health-related topics at the fair.

Students working in Muncy will participate in the annual Susquehanna Health Systems Health Fair at Lycoming Mall on Saturday, April 22. Information on obesity, exercise and nutrition will be provided for children. There will also be information available for teenagers on sexually transmitted diseases and other communicable diseases. The health fair will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About 20 students from the community health nursing class taught by assistant professor Sheila Hartung worked in each community, analyzing data to determine the greatest health risks within the towns. Based on their research, the groups focused on providing information on specific health concerns within each community. Team leaders in Muncy are Angela Haines of Walnutport and Amber Kroboth of Harrisburg. Team leaders in Lewisburg are Marc Denlinger of Strasburg and Danielle Yeager of Delran, N.J. All are seniors majoring in nursing.  

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.