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Instructors hope to get students aware at annual health fair

The health fair on Tuesday, Feb. 28 will give students a chance to become more aware of their bodies and how they are functioning.

Fitness Center Coordinator Amy Foley, who coordinated the event, feels that all students should come out and participate in the activities that she feels will make students more aware.

“Students need to pay attention to what’s going on with their body,” Foley said. “If there’s a problem, we can get that corrected. Hopefully then they will pay more attention to what’s going on as they go through life.”

The event is free, and Foley and other members of the Health center and Nursing center will be offering free blood work for the first 100 participants in the health fair. After the first 100, students will have to pay $35 for the blood testing. Students will find out about their blood pressure and cholesterol and glucose levels. Body mass index will also be assessed.

There will be stations where information is given out to students about smoking, tattoos, piercings, skin cancer, stress, sex education, HIV and AIDS, nutrition, sleep, and other health issues that concern students. Fitness assessments will be given by HPR students, and will include things like flexibility testing, sit ups and push-ups.

“It’s another way of looking where you were at health-wise,” Foley said. “Are you in shape? Overweight? And other things like that.”

Esry Student Health Center nurse Marti Burri will also be hosting the health fair along with Foley. Burri feels that the event will be very educational, with organizations on and off campus coming to help all participants.

“Health and wellness I think is one of the main goals for students that participate in the fair,” Burri said.

She stated that all students should come out and learn new things from the events that they will have stationed around the room.

Western football player Courtney Green, who will be attending the health fair, felt that as an athlete, it is always important to make sure that every function in his body is working well. According to Green, a healthy body means longevity in life.

“I want to make sure everything is working properly inside of my body,” Green said. “I want to live a long, healthy life.”

Josh Twenter is another student who will be attending the health fair. Being aware of his health issues means a lot to Twenter. According to Twenter, the health fair is another way for him to stay informed with what’s going on in his body.

“I would be interested in going to the health fair because it helps me to maintain what standard my body should be up to,” Twenter said. “It also gives me a heads up on what my health is doing and what kind of health checks I should be performing on myself in order to keep myself in good physical condition.”

Twenter encourages all students to come out to the health fair so they can be aware of their health issues for the future and as they get older.

The Health Fair will take place Feb. 28 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Blum 218 and 219. Students attending the fair will have to show their school ID to participate. Free food and drinks will be available.

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