Student Pharmacists, Athletes to Help Clairton Kids with Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Nearly 500 kindergarten through 5th-graders from the Clairton School District will learn about the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices from Duquesne University student pharmacists and athletes during a series of fun, hands-on sessions this Friday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clairton City School District's Education Center at 501 Waddell Avenue. 

Members of each grade (3rd through 5th graders from 9 to 11 a.m., and K through 2nd graders from noon to 2 p.m.) will rotate through eight separate stations to participate in activities and games created by the student pharmacists to learn about asthma, nutrition, smoking avoidance and physical activity.

In addition, members of Duquesne's Department of Athletics and numerous student athletes will conduct a mini-sports clinic with the kids.

This event is being conducted by Dr. Jennifer Elliott, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Duquesne University, in partnership with Dr. Deborah Gentile, director of research for Allegheny Health Network's Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

The event is a collaborative effort of Duquesne University's Mylan School of Pharmacy and the Department of Athletics, the Allegheny Health Network, the American Lung Association, Stay Positive Clairton, the Clairton School District and the Jefferson Regional Foundation.

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