Clifton Park program highlights vascular awareness

April 12, 2017 08:19 AM

CLIFTON PARK -- An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure was at the heart of a unique program offered at 10 high schools on Tuesday.

The Center for Vascular Awareness, based in Glens Falls, organized the program for more than 3,000 students in grades 10-12. They learned about cardiovascular health risks, including hypertension, diabetes, smoking, obesity and genetics.  

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Their teachers, 100 doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel who volunteered to be what they call "v" healthy educators.

NewsChannel 13 checked out the program at Shenendehowa High East. 

“They're going to go home and measure blood pressure on their family members, on their loved ones,” said Dr. Manish Mehta of the Center for Vascular Awareness  “We have put together a pilot study that will then collect the data and we're going to identify how much hypertension is undiagnosed. It’s one of the most prevalent risk factors for vascular disease. I think it empowers young minds to take better care of themselves.”

Students are also encouraged to submit essays or public service announcements about risk prevention. They'll be evaluated and the best from each of the 10 schools taking part in Tuesday’s program will win a $1,000 scholarship.


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