Keeping Young Hearts Healthy

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During the month of February, The Children’s Aid Society’s School Based Health Center at the Salome Ureña de Henríquez Campus (SUCA) in Washington Heights launched a “Quick Heart Check Up” campaign to celebrate American Heart Month. Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Over 250 students from the SUCA campus had their Body Mass Index (BMI) and blood pressure checked and received education on cardiovascular health.

Gifts were given as incentives to come into the clinic for the exams and the students were able to take home the information to share with their parents. About 85 of these patients had abnormal BMI levels and were scheduled for a follow up visit with the Nurse Practitioner for further testing and nutrition counseling.

This was all made possible by a Community Impact Grant funded by the American Heart and American Stroke Associations which currently provide Cardiovascular Health and nutritional cooking classes during the school day to high school juniors at SUCA.