Medical assisting students in Patient Care I and Microbiology and Urinalysis classes at Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud recently created an educational presentation for their service learning project and took it “on the road.”
Their first stop was the Central Minnesota Wellness Expo, held at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud , with over 50 exhibitors and 30 speakers participating. The first annual exposition was free to the public and held to promote health, fitness and general wellness in the community.
Students divided into two teams at the MSB booth. The first team distributed handouts on germs and educated the attendees on their daily habits. They also demonstrated correct handwashing techniques. The second team gave volunteer attendees free blood pressure checks and presented literature on normal/low/high blood pressure results. They also discussed treatments for unhealthy blood pressure.
The students were encouraged that most passers-by were “open and willing” to participate in their activities. Their goal for the day for blood pressure checks was 50 and they took 104.
In addition to their service learning project objective, the students networked with surrounding vendors and one student, Stacy Roush, even found a potential job lead. The students also promoted an upcoming Health and Wellness Showcase at the MSB-St. Cloud campus by handing out flyers.
MSB instructors joined in the Wellness Expo as well. Massage Chair, Irene Rangen, presented on stage “The Top 10 Reasons Not to Get a Massage,” (which actually convinces people to get a massage) and Health and Fitness Chair Scott Eide gave a kettle bell demonstration. Medical Assisting Chair Lisa Smith, Health Management Chair Deb Berglund and Medical Assisting instructor Robyn Lauermann also helped at the booth. Director of Admissions, Kim Plombon, kept the attendees engaged and active.
The Medical Assisting students had such a positive experience, they want to connect with other community partners and continue to take their service learning project farther down the road, educating as many people as possible.