Natchitoches Central High School and its School Based Health Center recently received $500 for participating in the Adolescent Pre-Diabetes Prevention Program. The program is a grant to Richland Parish Hospital from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Richland Parish Hospital partners with West Feliciana Parish Hospital and Christus Health Central Louisiana to provide personnel and programming help. A total of 170 students were screened during the Fall 2016 semester. The screening measured height, weight, and blood pressure. Students with family risk factors, for diabetes, had a blood test done to determine their hemoglobin A1C levels. Students found to be at risk, for pre-diabetes, are receiving healthy lifestyle education to encourage healthier eating habits and more physical activity. Angelia Carpenter is the Central Louisiana Region Adolescent Pre-Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator for Natchitoches Central High School and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured from left are Jo Ann Derbonne, Director School Based Health Centers CHRISTUS Health Central Louisiana; Angelia Carpenter, Central Louisiana Adolescent Pre-Diabetes Prevention Coordinator/Outreach Specialist; Ashley Sesvold, NCHS School-based Health Center RN; and NCHS Principal Bill Gordy.
Pictured from left are Michelle Harris, NCHS School-based Health Center PA, Mary Guidry, Dietitian for School Based Health Centers CHRISTUS Health Central Louisiana; Robin Guillory, NCHS School-based Health Center Social Worker; Ashley Sesvold, NCHS School-based Health Center RN; and Sandy Kosloski, NCHS School-based Health Center Department Secretary.