'Eat Right For Life' is a new diabetes and weight management program that's been one year in the making. WVU Pharmacy students launched the program on Wednesday with an open house at Rider Pharmacy.
"It's working with a registered dietician and a pharmacist to manage the medications and eating habits to improve health outcomes," said WVU Pharmacy student Gwen Staud.
The 12 month program includes education and medical assessments tailored to the individual.
These soon-to-be pharmacists said the pharmacist and dietician combination is key to helping people overcome their health problems.
"Compared to other weight management programs, this seeks to improve other outcomes in your health, like your blood pressure, your blood sugar, your A1C levels, and so forth," said WVU Pharmacy student Vanessa Law.
People took advantage of free blood pressure and cholesterol tests as students made their pitch for a program they believe will be self-sustainable for years. This is the first year WVU has done this kind of partnership between its Pharmacy School, and a local pharmacy, like Rider.
"It's a project called partner for promotion where a local pharmacy partners with students from WVU for something like this, something that's individualized to the pharmacy," Staud said. "We did a needs assessment to see what the patients of Rider would need, rather than come up with something they might like."
With graduation right around the corner, students say this project has helped them see new ways they can help and educate others in their future jobs.
"People don't realize the scope that pharmacists have," Law said. "They think pharmacists are just counting your pills and putting a label on it. But, we're very educated, especially with the diabetes component of the program."
If you'd like to sign up or learn more about 'Eat Right For Life', call Rider Pharmacy at (304) 366-2710.