As a graduate student and a dietetic intern, my responsibilities include schoolwork and the rotation hours. Occasionally we also have the opportunity to gain a few more hours in our internship by attending conferences, meetings, and health fairs.
On Saturday, February 2nd, several of the other dietetic interns and I were able to volunteer at the Go Red for Women event at the WVU Heart Institute. The event offers free screenings (fasting blood glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure), counseling, and risk assessments to women (and men) who attend the event.
Last year there were 300 attendees registered for the event, and this year was just as busy. We had 2 rooms available to us to discuss meal planning and we were one of the last stations the attendees visited before leaving the event. Attendees that entered the room could get personalized nutrition recommendations based on their lab values, receive answers to any of their nutrition questions, grab a free water bottle and granola bar, and could try a few samples of heart-healthy food we brought – cool cucumber dip & black bean brownies.
I volunteered from 7am-noon and probably gave 1-on-1 counseling to over a dozen individuals. Since heart disease is the #1 cause of death in both women and men, and it was great to be a part of an event that creates awareness and empowers individuals to create positive, healthy, changes in their life.