Soldiers contribute to high school health students, encourage a fit lifestyle
Fort Shafter – Soldiers from the 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) familiarized Radford High School health students and the student body with different techniques of the field like measuring body mass index, taking blood pressure readings, measuring fitness levels, and the benefits of good dental hygiene during the school’s health fair Jan10.
Mrs. Tiffany Petersen, health services pathway instructor, Radford High School and Health Services Pathway students pose for a photo during between classes.
The event was coordinated in support of the sponsorship program between the 18th MEDCOM (DS) and the Radford High Health Services Career Pathway program. The unit participants ranged from human resource specialists and logistics specialists to combat medics, dental surgeons and optometry specialist. The goal was to show the students that everyone should focus on good health and show health students techniques of the field.
“The idea here is to encourage the students to consider careers in the medical field,” said Lt. Col. Lillian Landrigan, dental surgeon, 18th MEDCOM (DS) and unit coordinator for the event. “They have some great courses here and this is the outreach the administration is doing to encourage their participation in these courses.” This was the second partnership event held at the school. Radford faculty and students described the health fair as very beneficial. Mr. Neal Santiago, athletic trainer, Schofield Health Clinic physical therapy, helped with the fitness booth and showed the students balancing drills and kettle bell strength drills that measure the levels of fitness and identify areas of the body to target for overall fitness improvement. Anthony Phillips, Radford High School senior, described kettle bell strength training drills as a tool that helped him see how he should train for his future. Phillips said, “I plan on joining the Army when I’m 18, and it gave me a little piece of what I’ll be doing.” “This was a good opportunity for the students to interact with professionals other than me,” said Mrs. Tiffany Petersen, health services pathway instructor, Radford High School. Petersen described the goal of the event as helping the students to understand that what we do in the classroom is very useful for everyday life. Al Hetrick, assistant principal, Radford High School, described the event as “awesome”. “The students were interested, they were happy, and I think they got a lot out of it. That’s how I determine success of any event, and I think this was very successful.” Hetrick went on to say that we appreciate, as a school, anybody who can come in and support our kids and increase their knowledge in certain areas like health services careers pathway and that the support the 18th MEDCOM (DS) is giving is awesome, great and really appreciated.