Wellness screenings provide health evaluations for students

Georgia State’s Employee Development & Wellness Center hosted its monthly wellness screening Thursday, Feb 6.

The event provides basic health screening services to students free of charge.

Thao Nguyen, co-community chair of Nursing Students at Georgia State, has been volunteering as a student nurse for the screenings since last fall.

“Students come and student nurse volunteers take blood pressure and glucose readings. We explain these things to them and answer health questions they may have,” Nguyen said.

The wellness screenings also offer services to help smokers cut back or quit. The program suggests sign-ups for smoking sensation classes, which take place every Tuesday at noon.

“It’s a good practice for my skills as a future nurse, and it’s good to interact with the GSU community,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen also said that each time a student comes in is a special moment, because she can help them with assessing their health.

While the EDWS does help students with its wellness program, the office’s current focus is to offer the same and expanded services to faculty members

Binita Patel, Wellness Program specialist, said, “We would love to expand our full services to students in the future.”

Patel also said that Blue Cross Blue Shield is sponsoring a cholesterol screening next week for both students and faculty. The screenings will take place in Dahlberg Hall on Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“It’s important to be screened on a regular basis. People should be screened once to twice a year,” Patel said.