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Nixa Receives Grant To Conduct Cholesterol Screenings On 5th Grade Students

NIXA, Mo. – After receiving part of a $41,916 grant, Nixa schools will now be able perform cholesterol screenings on 5th graders.
NIXA, Mo. – After receiving part of a $41,916 grant, Nixa schools will now be able perform cholesterol screenings on 5th graders.

According to a statement from the school district, the grant check will be presented to Nixa on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Summit Intermediate.

The grant covers this year’s full cost of the Cardiac Kids Program, which is put on by CoxHealth and Kohl’s CARDIAC Kids.

As part of the program, the grant money will be used for biometrics measurements, diabetes screenings, blood draws and family fun nights.  The remainder of the money will be spent on community involvement in other ways such as the North Side Betterment Association Attendance Party and the Ozark Empire Fair.

The way the program at Nixa will work is as follows:
 
  • Cox will send in nursing students to do height/weight/BP/non-invasive diabetes pre-screening. 
  • An assembly takes place a few days after the pre-screening.
  • Cholesterol checks take place two days after the assembly for those 5th graders who bring in signed consent form. 
  • Phlebotomists from Cox come in to do blood draw.
  • Fun night will be 2-3 weeks after screening with RNs from Cox on hand to review results with parents.
 
 
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