Students learn health skills at Healthy Huskies’ Day

LORETTO – Brenda Guzic gestured for a group of students to gather a little closer to her and the man lying prone on the table in front of them.

They measured his pulse, listened to his breathing and examined the IV tube sticking out of his arm. The man never winced or shirked away from the students’ probing, remaining eerily still, though he did perspire a bit and may have even shed a tear or two.

After all, that’s what he’s programmed to do.

The SimMan 3G, a robotic dummy used by medical students, was one of 15 demonstrations and activities for Bishop Carroll students at Healthy Huskies’ Day, held at St. Francis University on Friday. The event seeks to introduce the students to a variety of strategies and techniques for better health and wellness, said Joseph Skura, Bishop Carroll’s athletic and public relations director.

Guzic, St. Francis’ assistant director for telemedicine, said that most students, even those with an interest in going into medicine, are initially afraid of the SimMan.

“Then, when you get them a little closer, they go crazy,” Guzic said.

Other activities included a Turbokick workout, hiking on the local trail, a look at college admissions and some basic training in first aid and CPR.

Melinda Krimmel, assistant director of the DiSepio Institute Fitness Center, said that St. Francis tried to come up with seminars and activities that would touch on multiple aspects of wellness, especially as students may not have been exposed to much variety in that area.

“The earlier we can get students into health and wellness activities, the better it will be for their future,” Krimmel said.

Each student was able to choose three of the 15 sessions to attend, each lasting about an hour. Group sizes ranged from about 10 to nearly 30.

Skura said Bishop Carroll hasn’t hosted Healthy Huskies’ Day since 2011. Previously, the event would rotate between local colleges, including St. Francis and Mount Aloysius.

The event has always gotten a positive response, he said, because the day tends to offer things that the “students have never seen before.”

“I know graduates who still talk about it,” Skura said. “That’s why I decided we needed to do it again.”

And without the wisdom of St. Francis faculty, like Krimmel and professor Kerri Golden, he said, the event would have been a bust.

“We have a great health and physical education program at Bishop Carroll,” Skura said. “But in teaming up with St. Francis University, we access some amazing resources.”

Nate Burk, a Bishop Carroll freshman whose first session was with the SimMan, said he was excited for the day’s new experiences.

“It’s different,” he said, “and it’s pretty cool to see what they’ve done.”

Mirror Staff Writer Paige Minemyer is at 946-7535.