The NSU Jacksonville Physician Assistant (PA) Class of 2012 participated in two volunteer events to celebrate National Physician Assistant Week, met with Mayor John Peyton to celebrate the week, and participated in the Making Strides 5K Walk on October 6th to October 12th.
On Saturday, October 9th a group of students went to the Brooks YMCA and offered free blood pressure checks. The PA students were able to practice what they’ve learned in the classroom and help educate the people in the community about a healthy blood pressure level, and gave some tips for how they can lower their blood pressure.
Another group of PA students went to Davis Soccer Complex in Ponte Vedra and hosted a fitness challenge for young kids. Here they challenged kids to push-ups, sit-ups and a few short sprints. They helped educate kids on the importance of staying physically active, proper nutrition and hydration, as well as offered samples of sunscreen and healthy snacks. They also offered free blood pressure checks for interested parents. Both were great opportunities to practice with patient care and help educate the community on the role of a physician assistant.
The NSU PA Student Society also met Mayor John Peyton on Wednesday, October 6th as he declared October 6th to October 12th National Physician Assistant week in Jacksonville and celebrated the profession with a proclamation.