‘Project Taking Charge’ Kicks Off Sept. 12

Fun, free, six-month program for adults over age 18 and their families who want to take control of their health and wellbeing, offered by the UA colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health.

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY, SEPT. 12, 8-11:30 A.M.

LOCATION:  Fred Archer Neighborhood Center, 1665 S. La Cholla Blvd., Tucson

“Project Taking Charge,” a free six-month program for adults over age 18 and their families who want to take control of their health and wellbeing, will kick off with an informational session on Saturday, Sept. 12. The event will be held 8-11:30 a.m., at the Fred Archer Neighborhood Center, 1665 S. La Cholla Blvd, Tucson.

The program, which will focus on health promotion and prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke, is being offered by the University of Arizona colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health.

The kick-off event will include orientation, registration and health screenings. (Registration and informed consent are required to participate in the program.)

Health professions students from the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, UA College of Nursing, UA College of Pharmacy and UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will provide most of the services under faculty supervision, preparing the students to work as teams in their future roles as health-care professionals.

“Project Taking Charge” regular sessions will be held at the Archer Center on Saturdays, 8-11:30 a.m.: Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 31, Nov. 14, Dec. 5, Jan. 16, Jan. 30 and Feb. 13. Breakfast and snacks are included.

During the sessions, participants will have fun while learning about ways to improve their health and will receive free:
•    Screenings for blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol, blood sugar and A1c (a test for diabetes).
•    Stroke prevention and health promotion education.
•    Nutrition and food demonstrations.
•    Interactive health demonstrations, including making hand sanitizer, sunblock, toothpaste and anti-itch lotion.
•    Fun exercise instructions.
•    Medication review, including safe use, medication interactions and proper disposal.
•    Guidance and support for their health improvement journeys.

Adults who are interested in participating in “Project Taking Charge” and would like more information can call Jenny Chong, PhD, UA Department of Neurology, 520-626-1986.

“Project Taking Charge” is a collaborative project of the UA Health Sciences colleges and is made possible by funding in part from the Arizona Area Health Education Centers program and the R. Ken Coit Endowment.