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Check It Out Program

Since 1999, the Check It Out® program has educated thousands of students in the Richmond area about breast health, local health services, and the importance of early detection of breast and testicular cancer. Read the following article by Susie Adolf, a current volunteer for the program, to learn more about getting involved:

Our national Hadassah health education program Check It Out, a health awareness project, is a free program for high school students to increase their awareness of breast, cervical and testicular cancer and to teach them about early detection. The students learn about the need for self-examination and are taught to take care of and be responsible for their own bodies. Single sex group sessions for boys and girls are held concurrently and run about 45 minutes. Check It Out presentations are held throughout the school day during health class periods and we typically see about 30- 40 students per session (approximately 200 students per school visit).

The 45 minute program has been presented to more than 33,000 freshman and sophomore students in the Richmond, Henrico, Hanover and Goochland school systems. We are now moving into women's detention centers, per their request, and our outreach also extends to local universities in the area and to outlying county school systems.

Annually, the Check it Out program is presented to over 4,000 people. When volunteers visit a class room there are usually 3 of us who attend: a Hadassah Volunteer to introduce the program to the class, a registered nurse, and a survivor of either breast or testicular cancer. Richmond Hadassah is looking for more volunteers to go to the schools and also any survivors who feel comfortable talking about their own story. You are welcome to come to our training session meeting (date to be announced) or just accompany us to a school and see first hand how this works. I did it just this past year and was so impressed I signed up to do more.

VCU Massey Cancer Center has partnered with our Richmond Chapter of Hadassah for over ten years. The Check It Out program is funded by a grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Please contact me if you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer. Once the dates and schools are scheduled a sign up list goes out and you can attend as many or as few sessions as fits your schedule. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Susie Adolf - shoozie@aol.com  or 804-301-9595


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