Pharmacy Students Serve Up Health Information

Portion size, as much as food choices, has an impact on healthy eating. The largest population that doesn’t use sunscreen is age 20 and over. Seniors, not children, are the most likely to suffer an accidental poisoning at home.Pharmacy students, supervised by faculty, counseled about diabetes care and control.

These and other health information were shared Saturday as Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Gregory School of Pharmacy held its annual “Prescription for Health!” event in downtown Lake Worth.

“A lot of what we are doing here is teaching preventive healthcare,” said Brittany Helton, a third-year pharmacy student and one of the event coordinators.

Thirty information and screen booths offered health screening and counseling on medical conditions. More than 100 pharmacy students staffed the booths under the supervision of faculty and alumni, who are licensed pharmacists.

“We moved the event to Lake Worth several years ago because this community has a population that has a higher need for screenings and counseling,” said Samantha Schmidt, a third-year pharmacy student who coordinated the event with Helton and pharmacy student Chris Schiel. Counseling on hypertension and diabetes as well as insurance options for the elderly were among the topics added after localSupervised by licensed pharmacists, students advised guests about the proper use of prescription drugs. social service organizations were surveyed by planners. Booths focusing on childhood obesity, herbal remedies and oral health were added this year, they said.

Visitors got counseling on how best to take their medications and they could safely dispose of leftover or expired prescriptions. Blood pressure checks were available and event sponsors CVS and Walgreens offered flu shots for a fee at their booths.

Though an early morning rain dampened the tables but not their spirits, organizers said that they expected to serve 200 hundred guests.

Second-year pharmacy students Bhoomi Shah and Angela Skaff said that their assignment to locate the booths was good practice of their leadership skills.

“As a pharmacist, you are a leader who is responsible for what happens in your pharmacy,” Skaff said. “The pharmacy profession is changing. Now pharmacists have expanded their roles in leadership working on legislation, business, public health and regulatory agencies.”