KNOXVILLE, Tenn. South College School of Pharmacy students are learning to fill prescriptions to treat a multitude of diseases and illness. However, they also want to help prevent community members from ending up at their counter.
“The human body is only as functional and efficient as we allow it to be,” said Justin Reinert, second-year South College School of Pharmacy student and class president. “A vast number of illnesses can be cured, delayed or prevented by taking care of our bodies.”
In an effort to educate the community on healthy lifestyles, including abstaining from smoking and prescription drug abuse, students are launching the Kick-it initiative under the leadership and guidance of their faculty advisor, Dr. Regina Washington. The students will travel to youth programs and civic clubs throughout Knox County to provide tips for healthy living.
“Our students will be prepared to treat a variety of sickness, but it’s also important they understand an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Washington said.
Students plan to raise funds needed for supplies through the Kick-it kickball tournament on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. at Bearden Middle School. Each team will consist of 12-15 players with at least four female players on each squad. The team will receive a team T-shirt in the color of its choosing and a custom Smoke-free Knoxville water bottle and bag. The cost is $25/person to register. The students also are seeking sponsorships from local businesses to offset the cost of the program.
The proceeds of the tournament will fund training, advertising, presentation and marketing materials.
“We want to help our future patients and community members realize how their lifestyle choices may be affecting their personal health and the health of the community as a whole,” Reinert added.
The School of Pharmacy is the first doctorate degree program at South College. South College offers an accelerated, three-year curriculum unique to pharmacy education in Tennessee. The PharmD degree enables graduates to apply for licensure as a pharmacist.
South College is a private institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to offer programs at the doctorate, masters, baccalaureate, and associate levels. For information, visit http://www.southcollegetn.edu.