SafeBeat to Conduct Preventative Heart Screenings for Clay County, Florida Public Middle and High School Students

Clay County School District - Clay County, FL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SafeBeat to Conduct Preventative Heart Screenings for Clay County, Florida Public Middle and High School Students

Clay County, Florida, January 1, 2019 - SafeBeat, in collaboration with Wolfson Children’s Hospital of Jacksonville, Florida, will make preventative heart screenings available to all public middle and high school students in the Clay County School District in February and March. Each student will be given the opportunity to be screened for potential underlying heart defects that may lead to sudden cardiac death. All heart screenings will include child/family medical history, bi-lateral blood pressure, body mass index (height and weight), and a 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG). This information will further supply data to help detect and prevent obesity and hypertension. Screenings will be provided at no charge so that no child is left out because of the inability to pay.

While this service is not a requirement for athletic participation, the Clay County School District highly recommends that all parents of public middle and high school students in the Clay County School District please consider registering their child for this heart screening service. This preventative heart screening does not replace the standard physical. Parents are encouraged to register their child whether their child has received a standard physical or screening before or not. Registration is available through the SafeBeat website at www.safebeat.org.

About SafeBeat

SafeBeat is a national initiative that establishes free, local, heart screenings along with heart health education and emergency action planning resources to directly target three major long-standing epidemics in America’s youth: sudden cardiac death, hypertension, and obesity. SafeBeat collaborates with local hospitals, medical professionals, schools, individuals and businesses to allow them to bring the SafeBeat Initiative to communities in an effort to detect underlying heart conditions in youth that may lead to sudden cardiac death and create a healthier generation. To learn more about SafeBeat and get involved please visit www.safebeat.org and be sure to follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/safebeat4life, Instagram @safebeat4life, and Twitter @safebeat4life.

About Wolfson Children’s Hospital of Jacksonville

Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, is a part of Baptist Health, Northeast Florida’s most comprehensive health system serving every stage of life. Wolfson Children’s is the only hospital just for kids in Northeast Florida and serves as the region’s pediatric referral center. Staffed 24/7 by pediatric nurses and other healthcare professionals specially trained to work with children, the 216-bed, patient- and family-centered hospital features the latest pediatric medical technology in a welcoming, child-friendly environment. At Wolfson Children’s, nationally recognized pediatric specialists representing nearly every medical and surgical specialty work with pediatricians to provide care for children of all ages with congenital heart conditions, cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes and endocrinology disorders, orthopedic conditions, behavioral health conditions, and more. Wolfson Children’s pediatric partners include Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, the University of Florida College of Medicine—Jacksonville, and Mayo Clinic Florida. For additional information, please visit wolfsonchildrens.org.

CONTACT

Kayla Dawkins
Outreach Coordinator
SafeBeat
229.632.5004
kdawkins@safebeat.org
www.safebeat.org

Vikki Mioduszewski, APR
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Wolfson Children's Hospital
Vikki.Mioduszewski@bmcjax.com
O: 904.202.5122 • C: 904.304.0041
www.wolfsonchildrens.org