Health assessed outside the walls of the UMCE

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — Maintaining good health, this is not only taught at the university … A group of first-year students of the clinical course SINF1711 of the Nursing Science Sector of the Université de Moncton, Edmundston Campus (UMCE ), went on a mission recently to promote health in the community.

Presentations and meetings were held in three schools in the Northwest, namely the Notre-Dame School of Edmundston, the Saint-Basile Regional School and the Clair-Madawaska Learning Center in Clair. In all, about 170 students in Grades 2 to 4 participated in the activity.

The purpose of the exercise was to conduct a student health assessment. Several data were verified, such as eating habits, physical activity patterns, sleep and stress. Also, some measures have been taken, such as pulse, oxygen saturation and anthropometric measurements of children.

This year, a new initiative was made to conduct health assessments of workers in two companies in the region. A group of students went to Nadeau Poultry Farm Ltd. in Saint-François-de-Madawaska where 51 assessments were conducted. Another group went to the Edmundston Primus communications company, where about 20 evaluations were conducted.

Health assessments for adults were similar to those for children, but additional data were verified such as blood pressure, alcohol and cigarette consumption. Students also provided an information pamphlet to each participant.

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