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GAMECOCK The CONnection News and Views from the University of South Carolina COLLEGE OF NURSING A Check-In/Check Up on our “Hearts” February is the annual Heart Health month and the College of Nursing is gearing up to address this very important health issue. Did you know that 1 of every 4 deaths in South Carolina is caused from heart disease? 1 of 3 South Carolinians have high blood pressure, 1 of 8 have diabetes, 2 of 3 are overweight/obese, and 1 of 5 of our state’s citizens currently smoke. These are quite alarming statistics! However, it is also personal. Many of us have lost loved ones due to heart conditions and many of the risk factors are preventable. Let’s take action to remedy this. Inside This Issue Students’ Corner.................2-3 Alumni & Development......4-5 Events...................................5 Faculty & Staff Notes.........6-7 Mary Ann Parsons...............8 NO LIMITS............................9 Send Inquiries or Newsletter items to: Jan Johnson Our new wellness committee in the College of Nursing, led by Professor Kathy Mercer and Dr. Sue Heiney, is challenging our faculty, students, and alumni. As part of the Heart Beat Pedometer Challenge, we are partnering in teams of two to walk a minimum of 15,000 steps per day/per team during the month of February. We are armed with our pedometers or Fitbits and ready to go. The College of Nursing is also taking leadership with the Midlands Heart Walk campaign in the community and at the university. Our nurse practitioner faculty from the Children and Family Healthcare Center will host a booth at the 2nd Annual Heart of Carolina event at the Russell House on February 20th. Other events we are participating in are “Gamecocks on the Move” and National Wear Red Day. If you are unable to join us, please plan your own “Heart Health” wellness campaign. The College of Nursing will be hosting the Mary Ann Parsons Lectureship on Friday, February 21, 2014 - an annual event close to all GAMECOCK Nurses’ hearts. Dr. Diana Mason is a distinguished national nursing leader who will challenge us to seize opportunities during this very dynamic process of healthcare reform. Nurses need to be visible leading transformative changes to health care that will benefit all individuals and families in South Carolina. We recognize the disparaging gaps in healthcare access and delivery and are mobilizing to be part of the solution for a Healthy South Carolina. Please share the flyer in the newsletter with others in your circle and plan on joining us. Gamecock Nurses are the “Heartbeat” of South Carolina. Let’s stay strong and steady to keep the beat moving! Jeannette O. Andrews PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN Dean & Professor - LIKE US!

February 2014 enewsletter

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