Harding University

September 21, 2012

College of Pharmacy to offer free health screenings at Get Down Downtown

Harding University’s College of Pharmacy will be offering free health screenings Sept. 28-29 at Main Street Searcy’s festival Get Down Downtown.

Through the Million Hears Initiative, Dr. Jeanie Smith, assistant professor in the University's College of pharmacy, has received a $5,000 grant to expand their health screenings and education services. Students of the College of Pharmacy previously performed health screenings at the White County Fair and are continuing their expansion efforts at Get Down Downtown.

Million Hearts was launched in September 2011 to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Several federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services, partnered with private-sector partners, such as the American Heart Association and YMCA, to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke, which are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States, according to the CDC.

On Sept. 28-29, pharmacy students will offer blood pressure monitoring, body mass index measurement, health education and newly added cholesterol screenings, education about appropriate aspirin therapy, and smoking cessation. The College of Pharmacy’s booth at the festival will distribute education materials, two aspirin tablets, a wallet card to record blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and a coupon for a free bottle of aspirin from a local pharmacy.

The College of Pharmacy will offer screenings at the festival Friday, Sept. 28 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.