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WVU Pharmacy Students Host Family Wellness Night

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The goal of the Family Resource Center at the Shack Neighborhood House is to empower and teach parents.

Part of that goal was inviting West Virginia University pharmacy students to a series of classes that included discussions on allergies, asthma, and how to administer medicine.

"We really wanted to refresh their memories on how those things work and also diabetes," said Rose Cheng, a second-year pharmacy student at WVU. "Because West Virginia has one of the worst diabetes rates and we really wanted to hit that topic."

Thursday night's class focused on how parents should give CPR to young children.

Jenna Mosley Lohnes is a parent who came out for the class and said she was excited to learn everything that all the classes offered.

"I took CPR class when I was 21, which was ten years ago," said Lohnes. "I want to learn more about toddler emergencies and when to call 911 and when to not worry."

The pharmacy students also put on a puppet show to teach the kids what the pharmacy profession really is about.

Suzanne Smart, who coordinates events at The Shack, explained that they are there to help parents in the area make connections and provide them with a place to learn about parenting.

"Our goal is to give families all the resources that they need," said Smart. "We're always really excited when they want to come out."

Students from the pharmacy school said the parents were not the only ones who gained learning experience.

"We learned a lot of scientific terms that we have to translate back to laments terms so people understand," said Cheng. "It helped us in our knowledge and in experience with talking to others."

For more information on The Shack and its programs, visit the website.