National Pediatric Blood Pressure Awareness Foundation

The National Pediatric Blood Pressure Awareness Foundation sponsored the first annual spring awards luncheon to honor three finalists who competed in an essay/video contest on Saturday, April 13. Two of the finalists came from Livingston Parish. Pictured, from left, are Matthew Goodwin, NPBPAF volunteer and event coordinator; Audrey Aaron, first place, Parkview Baptist; Katie Riddle, third place, Springfield Middle; and Brek Schultz, second place, Live Oak Middle.

The National Pediatric Blood Pressure Awareness Foundation (NPBPAF) sponsored the first annual spring awards luncheon to honor three finalists who competed in an essay/video contest on Saturday, April 13.

The finalists — which included two from Livingston Parish — attended a luncheon with their families to be recognized for their research efforts.

During the luncheon, the place winners were announced as follows: Audrey Aaron, first place, Parkview Baptist; Brek Schultz, second place, Live Oak Middle; and Katie Riddle, third place, Springfield Middle.

The contest was open to students in grades 5-8 in the greater Baton Rouge region. Students from Ascension, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, and Livingston parishes were invited to compete.

The purpose of the essay contest was to allow students to engage in research on the issue of pediatric hypertension and develop an essay to educate others. The top 10 semi-finalists were asked to create a video and incorporate the information they learned.

The effort these students put into their research demonstrates the hard work and dedication they each had to this project and peer education.

To learn more about the importance of blood pressure screenings in children, please visit www.bloodpressure4kids.org or visit us on Facebook @bloodpressure4kids.org.

The NPBPAF will also be hosting a kids’ community screening at the 9th Annual Cabela’s BP4KIDS Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. For more information, visit the events page on the organization's website.

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