The new Parrsboro Regional High School youth health centre has been up and running for over a month now. On hand for a recent plaque presentation were (from left) Cumberland Health Authority Model of Care team lead Lisa West, nurse practitioner Debbie Blois and PRHS Principal Pamela Hoar. Andrew Wagstaff - The Citizen
PARRSBORO - Being healthy just got a little bit easier at Parrsboro Regional High School.
With direction from the SPAR Community Health Board and the Cumberland Health Authority, the school opened its first youth health centre recently, marking the occasion with a plaque presentation on Wednesday, April 27.
Located off the gymnasium, the room will be used by local nurse practitioner Debbie Blois one morning per week, when she will be available for students to come to with various health-related issues. The centre will also be available for public health nurses for immunizations, as well as Addictions Services counselors once and possibly twice per month.
“The focus for me is on keeping them healthy, looking at risk factors, safety and healthy lifestyle,” said Blois. “We know all issues of chronic disease, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, etc., start in adolescence, not in someone’s 30s and 40s. We need to take care of those things now.”
(for the full story, see the May 7 issue of The Citizen)