SECHS students mobilize to build awareness around wellness

After learning about the health risks associated with “food deserts” recently, service-minded students at South Early College High School (SECHS) organized a health fair for their South Park community recently to help build awareness around the issue.

A core group of eight student leaders (pictured in purple shirts) organized the service-learning project, which boasted more than 70 volunteers and almost 20 vendors.

“The most memorable part of the day was interacting with the people and watching them become educated and aware of their health,” said junior Kayla Earls.

“Healthy People, Healthy Minds, Healthy Communities” included free medical screenings; dental, diabetes, and heart-health information; and affordable health care coverage enrollment opportunities. Ten thousand pounds of healthy food was also divided and distributed among 170 families.

“The health fair served as an important notice to our students and community that physical and mental health awareness are crucial links in the development of strong minds and bodies for a strong community,” said SECHS Principal Steven Gourrier. “Lack of knowledge causes communities like ours to suffer unnecessarily from sickness and disease.”