In recognition of February’s designation as American Heart Month, Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) hosted a heart health luncheon to promote healthy living habits for local seniors on Feb. 2.
Nineteen seniors from Lake Ridge Fellowship House in Woodbridge visited the MEC for an afternoon of learning about the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle regardless of age and limitations. MEC students, faculty and staff offered high blood pressure screenings and served a nutritious lunch to visiting seniors. Gwendolyn Beck, gerontologist and assistant manager of senior health at Virginia Hospital Center discussed effective ways seniors could avoid and monitor serious heart-harming trends, such as a heart attack, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other cardiovascular diseases.
As one of only three community colleges in the state to offer hands-on medical experience to its students, visiting guests also toured the technologically-advanced clinical simulators lab to discover the various resources offered to students interested in healthcare. Christine Logan, resident of Lake Ridge Fellowship House, said she was particularly amazed of the overall appearance the MEC’s technologically sophisticated facility provided for its students.
“Visiting the MEC for the first time has been a wonderful experience that I will always remember,” Logan said. “The students and staff were very attentive to our needs as a group and were very friendly to each of us. We needed to experience this event to learn about ways to improve our health and stay active. This campus is very unique and special.”
The event, hosted by the MEC Office of Student Life, concluded with volunteer students, faculty and staff dancing with seniors to improve their cognitive abilities and the condition of their heart. Residents of Lake Ridge Fellowship House also received Valentine’s Day cards signed by MEC students, faculty and staff.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.