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NWCC health students put grant money to use

Once a person has quit smoking, how long does it take for that persons blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature to return to normal Twenty minutes, eight hours, one week, or one month Northwest Community College (NWCC) students from both the Practical Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs at the Terrace campus will tell you the correct answer is 20 minutes. That and other non-smoking and sexual health related information and paraphernalia were on display as those students presented a health promotion table April 22. To top it off, the students set up a kissing booth, with the chocolate variety on offer. The event was financed by a health promotion grant from Northern Health successfully gained by NWCC health faculty member, Kathy Buell. The specific grant was for a smoking reduction initiative, said Buell, adding the students decided to widen the informational booth to include information on sexual health. Smoking cessation and sexual health are two very key issues for young people. Our students feel educating people on campus will help to break down myths and build a better understanding of the facts surrounding smoking and sexual health, said Buell. In addition to the display the students plan to give away T-shirts. Prizes, donated by several local businesses, were also up for grabs for people that took part in the student survey.

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