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Penn State PRO Wellness goes Full STEM Ahead with vaccine study in Lancaster School District

Penn State PRO Wellness welcomed nearly 100 people to the Full STEM Ahead event for families of middle school students in the School District of Lancaster. The Nov. 19 event was connected to a Penn State PRO Wellness research study that aims to explore the effectiveness of school and community-based information that improves the rate of parent intent to vaccinate their children.

Faculty and graduate students from Penn State College of Medicine provided information regarding healthy habits, the immune system and the HPV vaccine. Lancaster State Health Center also participated to share information about community health and services it offers for the underinsured or uninsured.

Multiple Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health departments took part in the event by providing wellness tips and engaging activities, including hands-only CPR and Stop the Bleed demonstrations. The Lancaster Barnstormers and the North Museum of Nature and Science also participated. Giant Food Stores and Chick-fil-A provided food for attendees as well as a chance to win raffle prizes.

The Penn State PRO Wellness research study will conclude in April 2020.

Penn State PRO Wellness is committed to educating and inspiring youth and their families to eat well, engage in regular physical activity and become champions for bringing healthy choices to life. Our approach of Prevention, Research and Outreach provides schools, communities and like-minded organizations with educational programs, collaborative partnerships and access to proven wellness interventions. For more information, visit

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