Volunteer Experience Log
I worked as a volunteer during the recently concluded activity spearheaded by the American Society of Hypertension last May 2nd at the annual Cinquo Cinco De Mayo Festival. Together with the American Society of Hypertension, I assisted them for a series of hypertension, glucose, and cholesterol screenings. Participants were provided overall testing components of the lipid panel consisting of total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), triglycerides; glucose testing; and blood pressure.
During the shift of 9:30am to 2pm, it amazed me that some people having triglycerides and blood pressure over desirable levels look perfectly healthy. The experience was pleasantly rewarding given the participants were friendly as well as the task when I imparted health teachings to those clients whose lipid panel components reached or went higher than the normal levels. I encouraged a gentleman who was a body builder, but with a very high triglyceride level of 560 form the normal level of less than 150 mg/dL, to increase physical activity, reduce if not eliminate alcohol consumption and/or a diet rich in carbohydrates and cigarette smoking.
The health teachings I gave were mainly to lifestyle modification which means weight control, eat a heart-healthy diet, regular physical activity, avoid tobacco smoking and limit alcohol intake. I advised hypertensive to be watchful of their blood pressure as hypertension is considered to be a “silent killer” resulting to irreversible damage on target organs such as the heart, brain or kidneys. Through this activity, I learn how to listen to people who may have insufficient knowledge of the status of their health specifically concerning their cholesterol level, glucose level, and blood pressure.
I find it surprising to know that some of the participants were not aware of the high values of their cholesterol levels and blood pressure. The lack of information provided an opportunity for me to educate the participants on how important it is to monitor cholesterol level every five years or as the doctor recommends, as well as to check glucose levels and blood pressure to determine of any need to change their lifestyle and diet that can reverse the above normal values of such testing components.Sample Essay of Eduzaurus.com