The Health Center organized a free blood sugar and blood pressure screening on April 26.
The exercise, according to the Center’s Chief Administrator, Mr. Philip Eappen, targets the wellness of AUN employees and students and the rest of the community, which he described as ‘top priority’.
"I am happy with the turnout of people. So far over 170 persons have responded to the screening and by the end of the day we should cover a sizeable population of the AUN community."
Mr. Eappen noted that hypertension and diabetes, which are caused by blood pressure and high sugar level, are considered major health problems and early detection will help prevent further complications. "We initiated this program because many people come to us without being aware that their blood pressure is dangerously high."
He described some of the causes of hypertension and diabetes as stress, lack of exercise, and poor food habit, affecting adults mostly after the ages of 30 or 40. "At this time of the semester, everyone is stressed. We seized this opportunity to easily identify people with these health problems and offer advice in dietary adjustments, lifestyle changes or medication for people who are already in the danger zone."
Mr. Eappen said the important exercise which holds once every semester will carter for 300 employees and students.
Reported by Tina Bitrus