Clubs raise awareness for health issues
ClubMed, a Northwood club for promoting interest in the field of medicine, hosted the second annual Health Awareness Week from May 22 to May 26.
Different clubs hosted different activities each day of the week focusing on a specific health issue.
“I think it’s important to have awareness for all types of health,” ClubMed secretary sophomore Candi Zhao said. “Take mental health for example. In Irvine, there are cases of high schoolers committing suicide and doing drugs, but they’re never spoken about because there’s somewhat of a stigma in Irvine.”
A Breast Cancer Trivia Limbo Game dedicated to breast cancer awareness was hosted Pink Ribbon Club on Monday at lunch at the Oak. Participants had to correctly answer trivia questions or the limbo bar would be lowered. Pink Ribbon Club president senior Naomi Chia says it is important to raise awareness for breast cancer.
“The best way to raise awareness for breast cancer is to make sure you’re well informed and know how to detect the signs,” Chia said. “Breast cancer is much more common than most people think so everyone will be affected by it at some point in their life.”
On Tuesday, Alzheimer’s Awareness hosted “Paint a Memory” at the Oak during tutorial, during which students used watercolors to paint any subject of their choice. The activity was used to demonstrate how art therapy is used for Alzheimer’s patients to express their thoughts and emotions to cope with the symptoms of their disorder. Alzheimer’s Awareness club president junior Akash Seeramreddi encourages students to help raise more awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.
“People can donate to organizations that help people with Alzheimer’s, do activities like the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” march or even help and volunteer at hospitals to help patients with Alzheimer’s,” Seeramreddi said. “Normally people with Alzheimer’s or those who take care of their loved ones with Alzheimer’s are either too weak or tired to spread awareness of the disease.”
Members of Comfort Zone Club, ClubMed and Xposure handed rubber bracelets to students at the Oak, on Wednesday at lunch. Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) also hosted seat belt races to promote road safety and raise awareness about drunk driving.
On Thursday, in Room 1425, there was a SMILE sesh, during which a speaker led a discussion about coping with stress and helpful ways to relieve stress.
Finally, on Friday, Operation Smile held trivia and an info booth to raise more awareness about cleft palate and cleft lip. Club members gave out candy prizes for those that participated in the trivia.
“It’s important to advocate the awareness of mental and physical health since the healthier you are, the more happier life you can lead, which can be infectious for those around us,” Seeramreddi said. “People are also more aware of what’s going on around us and we need to make sure we look out for one another.”