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Student Nurses Conduct Health Fair at Mississippi Baptist Convention

President Blake Thompson Visits MC Nursing Students at 2018 Miss. Baptist Convention
President Blake Thompson Visits MC Nursing Students at 2018 Miss. Baptist Convention

Mississippi College nursing students administered flu shots, checked blood pressure, and offered valuable tips on weight control.

Working several hours at a health fair at the Mississippi Baptist Convention provided good practice for School of Nursing students.

Many of the students will work as professionals in a state with vast healthcare needs. Mississippi’s rate of diabetes, heart disease and obesity remain the worst in the nation.

The student nurses assisted pastors, their spouses, and other visitors at the 183rd convention at First Baptist Church Jackson.

President Blake Thompson visited with the 22 student nurses as he attended his first Mississippi Baptist Convention as the university’s new leader.

Student nurse Tameria Lowe picked up insights by serving her fellow Mississippians at the large church in downtown Jackson.

“I got to learn a lot of things I didn’t know about my own health," said Lowe, a senior from Itta Bena in the Delta. “This is great."

Standing by their “healthy joints" display on stage, student nurses Ben Tarber of Greenville and Parker Thurman of Pearl dished out free advice to convention guests.

How to maintain healthy joints?

Regularly getting exercise and eating a healthy high fiber diet is one approach that works, Tarber told a visitor as the convention opened on October 30.

Other Mississippi College nursing students assisting at the convention included: Kaitlynn Wright of Pearl, Ashley Richard of Florence, Janesia Smoots of Canton, Sammie Mack of Little Rock, Arkansas, Joya Johnson of Meridian, Elizabeth Kimbrell of Carrolton and Alanna Kron of Decatur.

MC student nurses will return as volunteers helping the Christian university’s faculty and staff at a  November 13 health fair. The event runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Anderson Hall on the Clinton campus.