CCC HPER dept. passing skills to local schools
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) has been on the move this semester teaching the next generation of life savers and promoting health and fitness at local schools.

CCC HPER dept. passing skills to local schools

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Wed Apr 15, 2015

CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) has been on the move this semester teaching the next generation of life savers and promoting health and fitness at local schools.

Last week, HPER Chair and Instructor Dr. Shirley Edwards hosted a day of fun and learning at Kirkpatrick Health, Math and Science Magnet School after being extended an invitation by the school’s Magnet Resource Coach Rasheda Barksdale.

During the visit, Edwards conducted a demonstration and training session in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) to first, third and fourth grade students. The youngsters were even given the opportunity to test out their skills on mannequins.

“A key component in knowing how to administer CPR/ First Aid is using the right technique in an emergency,” said Edwards. “It’s important that we teach out students the right technique, even in grade school, because anyone can provide care for an injured person if they’re properly trained.”

Edwards concluded the lesson by role-playing with students during an emergency telephone call as if they were in a real-life situation before wrapping up with a question and answer session.

That visit is only one of several performed made by the HPER Department to local schools this semester.

In March, four HPER majors, Darius Coleman of Itta Bena, MS; Noah Grayer of Macon, GA; Shun Gipson of Clinton, MS; and Marquiz Hooker of Clarksdale, MS, participated in the SWAGG—Sweat, Work, Aim for Greatness— fitness club. Darius Davis, assistant coordinator of Healthy Campus/Community Initiative (HCCI) program, which was developed in partnership with the Blue Cross & Blue Shield Mississippi and Delta State University (DSU) and housed at CCC and DSU’s Coahoma County Higher Education Center, leads the club.

As part of the program, Tigers visited Clarksdale’s W.A. Higgins and Coahoma County High Schools, promoting kids of all ages to get moving and stay moving.

Edwards said the main goal was to ensure the kids are involved in some type of fitness activity everyday.

“It’s very important that we stress exercise at an early age,” said Edwards. “It doesn’t matter if you are involved in certain activities or exercises, as long as you are being active.”

CLICK HERE to check out more photos from the HPER’s Department visit to Kirkpatrick last week on CCC’s Facebook page!