Students from Cornwall and Devon have provided free health assessments to staff at their college to help promote healthy living in the new year.
Level 3 sport students at Duchy College Stoke Climsland provided the service which consisted of a lifestyle questionnaire and five non-invasive tests to provide staff with a better understanding of their current health status.
Catering Manager at Duchy College Stoke Climsland, Jim Lynes, said it was a really “great opportunity for staff to find out about their health”.
“It was also the chance to talk about how we can improve our lifestyles to become healthier; the students have provided a fantastic service,” he added.
The tests covered body weight and body mass index, respiratory peak flow, resting heart rate, blood pressure and hip to waist radio.
Upon completion of the tests, students then provided staff with both feedback and recommendations to improve, enhance or continue with their current lifestyle structure.
Level 3 sport student, Anna Cleave, from Bude said she was “initially quite nervous about providing the service and undertaking tests on people I didn’t know, but it has been a great experience.”
“We are all hoping to go into an industry where you will be dealing with the public every day in different situations so the experience such as this is invaluable.”
Fellow Level 3 student, Lewis Rich, from Tavistock, agreed saying it was a “challenging exercise but really worthwhile”.
“It is great to be able to offer advice to people about their health and lifestyles and I feel I have gained a lot of confidence today,” he continued.
“I am really enjoying the course, I am hoping to go onto university and I’m confident this course is providing me with the skills I need to get there.”
Team Lead for Sport at Duchy College, Darren Evans said this was a “fantastic opportunity for our students to get some real life experience working with different demographics and putting into practice the theory they are learning in the classroom.”