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Students promote men's health with free testing

By UCOL on Tuesday, 26 June 2018

UCOL staff and students were on hand to provide free health checks at an Arohanui Hospice fundraising breakfast last week.

The event, which attracted over 80 guests, featured Dr Dave Baldwin a.k.a. “The Flying Doctor’ and Sir Mason Durie talking about men’s health. 

UCOL Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science staff and students, in collaboration with the Nursing department, provided those in attendance with free health checks. This included heart rate recording, blood pressure testing, and measuring functional strength and body mass index. 

The students also prepared individualised reports for the participants, breaking down what each measurement meant.  

The opportunity for UCOL to get involved came about after Exercise and Wellness Senior Lecturer Shohn Wormgoor was approached by Arohanui Hospice.

Shohn says it was a valuable learning experience for the students, which was well received by those in attendance.  

“Thanks to all involved, the health screening ran very smoothly and was appreciated by all. It proved to be a good learning experience combined with community engagement.” 

“It gave the students the opportunity to work professionally in a time pressured environment, conducting the health screen and providing result interpretations to these members of our community,” says Shohn.

Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science students had a similar opportunity in April, when they provided health screenings at the Humphries Construction Whanau Tri.