Keeping Students Healthy

Students at Red River High School took part in a Health Fair last Thursday, March 14th. It was held in the gym and class by class took part.

Many health screenings were available to students. And the Red River Parish Health Unit was there to conduct tests for STDs. The prevalence of sexually transmitted disease in our parish, especially among young people, is a major concern for medical authorities. At the health fair, students were afforded the opportunity for confidential testing for STDs.

Dietitian Grey Rogers was there from the MLK Health Center and Pharmacy. She explained to students the impact on their bodies of added sugar. Rogers said, “There is a lot of added sugar in products young people consume. It is important to educate them to the added sugar in soft drinks and sports drinks.” The MLK Health Center was also offering free blood pressure checks for students. High blood pressure is a disease that shows little or no symptoms in early stages.

Another station offered information from the Nurse Family Partnership and from Parents As Teachers. A spokesperson told the Journal they are concerned with the well-being of babies from conception, through delivery, and the first two years of life. She said they support expectant and new mothers as well as their whole families.

Christus Coushatta Dental Clinic was there with oral health information. Tabitha King distributed goodie bags containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and information on oral health and care of the teeth.

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