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JCCS Participates in Love Your Heart Event

JCCS Participates in Love Your Heart Event
South Region JCCS staff posing with sign in front of balloons during Love Your Heart event.

Several Juvenile Court and Community School (JCCS) sites served as locations for their school and larger communities to check their heart health as part of the Love Your Heart event offered in partnership with the County of San Diego. 

Lindsay Community School, 37ECB, and the South County Regional Education Center each hosted county representatives to conduct blood pressure screenings for students, staff, and any members of the community. 

“I went to the Love Your Heart event and when it was my turn, Nurse Elly told me I had had a really good one!” said student Emily Arrona. “It made me happy and I am healthy.”

Live Well San Diego says the purpose of the event is to bring together community partners to prevent heart disease and stroke and empower individuals to take control of their heart health, know their blood pressure numbers, and know what they mean.

JCCS Counselor Jessica Codallos helped coordinate the event in the South Region. 

“I was so happy to bring this opportunity to our students because when I was younger, a cousin and I went to a health screening at a high school and he ended up needing medical attention. It was very lucky that we found out before it was too late!” she shared.

JCCS participated in the effort for the first time to provide students, families, and members of the neighboring communities easy access to important heart health screenings. Nearly 90 individuals had their blood pressure taken at the three sites.

Love Your Heart, organized through Live Well San Diego, is an annual event in which organizations from across the U.S. and Mexico join together to provide free blood pressure screenings to the public. The effort annually helps tens of thousands of people get to know their blood pressure numbers and take charge of their own heart health. 

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