Giving Back for Good Health
Over 1000 parents, students, and community members attended this year’s Health and Education EXPO event held in early February. The Public Service Academy (PSA) students partnered with Baylor Medical Center Irving to offer free health screenings that determine risk factors for everything from blood pressure to diabetes and sleep disorders. This year, 443 screenings were administered which was a four-time increase over last year's event. Of those, 188 (42%), were identified as "at risk" or more than one in three.
According to Ms. Brinkman, "It was great for our students to see how 'giving back' in the form of that EXPO benefitted our community. The screening results will hopefully encourage those parents and community members to address the risks by seeking the appropriate medical attention that will minimize any negative impact on their overall health."
The entrance ticket to the event, a canned food item, also raised 500 items and $300 in donations to help keep the Coppell High School Food Pantry fully stocked for local families in need.