DCB Student Health Service is Active

April 1, 2015

Spring is here! Was here? Is here again! Regardless of what the weather is doing, the Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) Student Health Services Department is helping students, faculty and staff gear up for warmer weather and better health.

On March 23rd through the 27th, Student Health Services hosted DCB’s Annual Wellness Week. The week was kicked off by the Student Nurses’ Organization (SNO) smoothie and nutritious baked goods fundraiser. Money raised will go towards the Student Nurses Caring for Students Fund. On Tuesday, a wellness event with a variety of informational booths took place outside the bookstore. Special guests included Chris Wegner from Family Healthcare, Fargo, ND; Mary Hanretty, Olivia Bonifacemadu and Georgianna Bercier from First District Health, Minot, ND, and Cory Nissley from Pacesetters. A variety of information was presented, including texting and driving awareness, how to become a bone marrow donor and how to become an organ donor; health information on nutrition, such as My Plate and “Rethink your Drink,” which shows the amount of sugar in popular beverages; HIV, Hepatitis C and STD information, prevention, and testing; alcohol awareness, and drinking and driving awareness; as well as normal levels for blood pressure and cholesterol readings. There was also an iPad available for students, faculty and staff to try out the new North Dakota University System sponsored app through Myriad called “What’s Your Buzz?.” This app encourages responsible drinking by allowing the user to enter what type of drink, how many, and when they are consumed, and then determines the individual’s blood alcohol level based on gender and weight. It also gives an approximate “countdown to sober,” so the individual knows when it is safe for them to drive. In larger cities, the app links one to taxi services to prevent drinking and driving. The app is available on iTunes and Google Play and is free of charge. The SNO group was also back to prepare their delicious smoothies on Tuesday and again on Thursday.

As for future wellness events, Student Health Services are gearing up for a third blood drive this academic year. The past two drives have been very successful. All blood drives are open to the public and will be held on April 30th from 9am- 1pm. Call Erin Williams, RN, BSN at 228-5460 if you have questions or wish to make an appointment to donate.