Health Fair seeks to aid student health and raise awareness

October 29, 2012 | 11 a.m.

Event offers knowledge for attendees and practice for hosts

News | Andi Tauer for The Clarion 

Health Fair seeks to aid student health and raise awareness

Junior nursing student Stephanie Tuley shares a laugh as she practices taking blood pressure on fellow nursing student, junior Julia Schmitt. | Erin Gallagher

Mark your calendars: the annual Health Fair will be back at Bethel on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the Brushaber Commons from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In addition to the free popcorn, door prizes and massages, the fair includes important attractions for students.

The event is put on by Bethel's nursing department, athletics department and Health Services. “It is a day and event designed to highlight ways to enhance one's health and well-being,” said Liz Miller, director of health services and coordinator of the event.

According to Miller, things to watch for are flu shots, blood pressure checks, massages and cholesterol checks, as well as booths set up by nursing students addressing stress, the importance of sleep, diet and exercise. The flu shots, blood pressure and cholesterol checks will be done in the Underground. 

The cholesterol screenings will take place from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. and are free of charge for all Bethel Health Partner members and $10 for other students and faculty. CPR classes are also available for $20 with separate classes for health care personnel and non-health care personnel. If interested, register at the health services office. 

“What's really great about the fair is the way it benefits both those hosting the fair and those attending,” Miller said. “Nursing students have a chance to practice giving injections and taking blood pressures while community members are able to receive flu shots right here on campus and get an updated blood pressure reading. Athletic training majors gain experience with shoulder massage techniques, while our students and staff receive much needed tension relief.”

There will be guests from the Run N Fun running specialty store offering foot evaluations and 20 percent off of any merchandise purchased at the fair. A representative from BioLife, a local plasma donation center, will also join the Bethel community at the fair.

One addition made to the fair this year is an information booth that will cover seizure awareness. This issue hits home with Bethel students due to two seizure-related deaths in the past year. “We want to help educate the community on this condition and on how to respond to someone who is having a seizure,” Miller said. 

Last year’s turnout was around 500 to 600 with 300 receiving free flu shots. This year, the Health Fair is looking to bring in a larger crowd. Students are encouraged to come and go as they please or 

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