Student Health Expo returns with stop at Keystone Heights on Dec. 16

By Natalie Gilstrap For Clay Today
Posted 12/7/22

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High will be allowed to attend its first Student Health Expo since the COVID-19 pandemic on Dec. 16.

“It is an event where we are having …

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Student Health Expo returns with stop at Keystone Heights on Dec. 16

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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High will be allowed to attend its first Student Health Expo since the COVID-19 pandemic on Dec. 16.

“It is an event where we are having community providers come and talk about topics that will affect the student’s health,” said Director of Community Partnership Schools Tina Baker.

HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital, in partnership with Clay County District Schools will organize the event to bring awareness of a healthy lifestyle to the students. Its overall focus is to encourage students to make safe and healthy decisions while bringing awareness to the local resources available.

The Student Health Expo was originally started in 2013 by the Florida Department of Health Clay County School Health to bring health awareness and injury prevention to teens. The event was first held at Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High and has been rotated annually between high schools in Clay County until COVID put the program on pause.

“We were scheduled to have it in 2020, but Covid spread and put a hold on it.” Sarah Miller, Injury Prevention Coordinator at HCA Orange Park Hospital, said. “We are excited to make a full comeback to all the schools in Clay County.”

The expo will be held at the high school’s gym for seventh through 12th graders.

The goal is to bring health awareness to the students and reduce risky behavior before it happens. The interactive event will have tables with around 20 community providers available for students to learn about health and injury prevention. Aza Health, Clay Action Coalition, Emmanuel Project of North East Florida, HCA Orange Park Hospital and the Florida Department of Health are some of the exhibitors that will be present to educate students on topics like safe driving, first aid, nutrition and healthy relationships.

“It’s bringing it into like a clearing house,” Baker said. “A one-stop location where they will get exposed to information and resources that will help them make good decisions regarding their health.”

Students will be able to participate in a raffle drawing after completing a questionnaire scavenger hunt.

“It’s really a great opportunity,” Miller said. “If anybody has questions or would like to participate, please reach out.”

To learn more email about the Student Health Expo email Sarah Miller at sarah.miller6@hcahealthcare.com.

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