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Charleston students raise money with Valentine’s Day health fair

CHARLESTON, WV – Valentine’s Day was very sweet on the West Virginia Junior College Charleston Campus. The new Hardy Heart’s medical club sponsored a healthy heart fair and bake sale to raise money for the American Heart Association.

During lunch, members of the Hardy Hearts club sold cookies, pepperoni rolls, candy, fruit and red carnations as a fundraiser. More than $100 was raised for the American Heart Association.

“The American Heart Association is a great organization with a great cause,” said Cindy Campbell, the school’s medical coordinator. “Valentine’s Day is about hearts, so that is the organization we have chosen to focus on for this fundraiser.”

While the bake sale was taking place in the student lounge, the medical lab was offering a free healthy heart clinic. Participants could come and have their height, weight, blood pressure and BMI measured by medical assisting students.

A medical assisting student takes someone’s blood pressure as part of the free healthy heart clinic.

“We want students and staff to be aware of their health,” said Career Management Director Kayla Donathan. “Having students measure these readings gives them the opportunity to practice on real people. By having the medical instructors supervise, they can verify results and answer any questions patients may have.”

The health fair and bake sale were a great success and a great first event for the Hardy Hearts club. Be sure to keep your eyes open for more great events coming up in the future!

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