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SUU Rural Health Scholars students assist Enoch youth with health summer programs
by Karen Ganss
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Vishant Lama, an SUU Rural Health Scholars student, takes the blood pressure of Enoch resident Baylee Mecham during a free summer health education program at Garden Park in Enoch. The program will take place every Tuesday through Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to noon at the park.
Vishant Lama, an SUU Rural Health Scholars student, takes the blood pressure of Enoch resident Baylee Mecham during a free summer health education program at Garden Park in Enoch. The program will take place every Tuesday through Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to noon at the park.
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Austin Maddox, an SUU Rural Health Scholars student, performs an eye exam with Enoch resident Hamilton Cheney during a free summer health education program at Garden Park in Enoch. The program will take place every Tuesday through Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to noon at the park. Photos courtesy of Karen Ganss
Austin Maddox, an SUU Rural Health Scholars student, performs an eye exam with Enoch resident Hamilton Cheney during a free summer health education program at Garden Park in Enoch. The program will take place every Tuesday through Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to noon at the park. Photos courtesy of Karen Ganss
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ENOCH – The Enoch City Garden Park Committee and Rural Health Scholars students from Southern Utah University have teamed up to provide health education and activities to local youth.

This summer program, which runs every Tuesday from July 7 to August 11, seeks to inform Enoch youth about basic health practices such as fitness, nutrition, dental care, and first aid.

The Garden Park Committee hopes to test this program in Garden Park and eventually even bring similar community improvement activities to other parks in Enoch, said Garden Park Committee representative Linda Cox. The committee has applied for several grants and plans to use acquired funding for improvedpark facilities and play equipment.

The first event gained support from several parents and more than 25 children from the Garden Park neighborhood. Feline Cheney, who has seven children, said the event was “lots of fun” while volunteer and local parent Jody Groom agreed that her kids, “love anything they can do that gets them together with their friends and provides activities for them to learn.”

Not only was the event fun for youth, but it was also educational. Children participated in various health screening activities such as blood glucose testing, height, weight, vision screenings, and blood pressure readings.

All activities were administered by students in the Rural Health Scholars program at Southern Utah University. These students are pursuing careers in healthcare and hope to use these skills working with youth in their future careers.

Youth Health Programs will take place every Tuesday through Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to noon at Garden Park in Enoch. They are free to all participants and will feature a different health activity each week. Questions about the program can be directed to Jolene Lee at joleneclee@gmail.com.

The Rural Health Scholars Program, available at Southern Utah University, Dixie State University, and Snow College, helps students to become successful applicants to medical, dental, pharmacy and other graduate level health professions programs. Student applications are strengthened through a regimen ofclasses, seminars, community service, job shadowing, research and advisement. Started 10 years ago, the Rural Health Scholars Program has been instrumental in helping many applicants get into graduate level programs. For more information about the Utah Center for Rural Health programs, contact Rita Osborn or Karen Ganss at (435) 865-8520 or visit www.suu.edu/ahec.
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