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OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 29, 2010

Students at Georgetown’s Plantersville Elementary School selected for All-Health Team

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The fourth and fifth grade classes of Plantersville Elementary School in Georgetown have been named to the All-Health Team for their “Stop the Silent Killer” project, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“School nurse Laura Tucker thought the elementary school level was the ideal setting to begin education and lifestyle changes that might impact the health and lives of the children for years to come,” said Joann Minder, All Health Team program coordinator.

Minder said the “Stop the Silent Killer” project was developed to teach the students about high blood pressure. This focus was chosen because the student population at Plantersville Elementary is 100 percent African-American and the illness affects African-Americans more than any other population. The disease is not easily detected with very few or no symptoms in the early stages, thus it is called “the silent killer.”

“Students learn the importance of regular blood pressure checks and ways to prevent high blood pressure through lifestyle changes and behaviors,” Minder said. “They promote their knowledge through posters, writing essays and school newsletter articles, and PTA meetings. There are plans to expand this program to churches in the community.”

For being named to the All-Health Team, the Plantersville Elementary will receive $500 to expand its project, t-shirts and other All-Health Team items, recognition on the All-Health Team Web site and a television spot on WIS-TV in Columbia.

DHEC, WIS-TV, and BlueCross-BlueShield of South Carolina sponsor the All-Health Team. Each month, the partnership recognizes an individual or youth group promoting health in their community. For more information, visit the All-Health Team Web site, call Minder at (803) 545-4501, or e-mail her at: minderjm@dhec.sc.gov.

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For more information:
Joann Minder – (803) 545-4501
E-mail – minderjm@dhec.sc.gov
or
Adam Myrick – (803) 898-3884
E-mail – myrickar@dhec.sc.gov
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