Summer wellness week in the atrium

Summer wellness week at St. Francis House

Students volunteers from Simmons College presented a variety of health related topics in our atrium as a part of our Summer Wellness Week.

Hydration

Our Summer Wellness Week kicked off with a session entitled Summer Safety. The nursing students who volunteer in our clinic, began their presentation discussing hydration with guests. The students advised men to drink fifteen and a half cups of water a day and women to drink eleven in order to stay hydrated. With the high summer temperatures outside, the students urged guests to prevent heat exhaustion by drinking water, staying in shaded areas outside and applying sunscreen of at least 30 SPF. As the presentation concluded, the students handed out bottled water, encouraging guests to drink and refill the bottles at water fountains around the area.

Narcan, Hypertension, and Diabetes

Midweek presentations discussed NARCAN, Hypertension, and diabetes.  NARCAN, the nasal spray form of Naloxone, can counteract the effects of an opioid overdose in an emergency situation. As the opioid crisis escalates each day across the country, the students stressed the importance of understanding the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and what steps to take in that situation. The clinic offered free doses of NARCAN to all guests and encouraged guests to carry it with them at all times. Hypertension, known as the “silent killer”, results from high blood pressure levels. Guests learned ways to prevent hypertension including maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, and coming to get their blood pressure checked regularly in the SFH clinic. Ultimately, the students urged guests to begin taking care of themselves now and not to wait until they begin to experience symptoms of hypertension.  The discussion on diabetes outlined methods for prevention. The students advised guests to stay hydrated by drinking water, watching their sugar intake, and eating plenty of vegetables. The students took questions from guests at the end of the presentation, and guests seized the opportunity to ask informative questions about what they had just heard.

Immunizations

Our Summer Wellness Week came to a close with a presentation on immunizations. The Simmons students discussed a few of the many vaccines that guests can receive for free in the clinic such as the meningitis vaccine, flu shot, Hepatitis A vaccine, Hepatitis B vaccine, and HPV vaccine. These vaccines combat highly infectious diseases that can be very dangerous if contracted. For example, in 2016, meningitis broke out across a number of local shelters due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, resulting in many becoming seriously ill. While the effects of these diseases are very serious, they can easily be prevented by receiving vaccinations.

Thanks to all of the students from Simmons College who presented at our Summer Wellness Week!

Summer wellness week in the atrium