Oct. 4, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU’s 26th annual Healthfest offers free screenings, information
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Free health screenings, health information and opportunities to review some of the region’s health-related services will be part of Slippery Rock University’s 26th annual Healthfest.
The Oct. 18 event runs 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Aebersold Student Recreation Center.
“In a time when families are stretching their dollars, especially their health-care dollars, and looking to get the best health information available, we think our Healthfest is a great bargain. Admission is free. Festival vendors pay a canned good entry fee for their table space, with items gathered given to the local food pantry,” said Brian Mortimer, coordinator of wellness for SRU’s Russell Wright Fitness Center and the annual health fair.
“This year’s event, like its predecessors, will provide a great way to catch up on the latest health information, ask the experts and at the same time get that annual blood pressure screening or osteoporosis test,” Mortimer said.
“The emphasis of our fair is always to make sure students, faculty, staff and those in the local community are up-to-date on keeping and building good health,” Mortimer said. “By bringing health-care providers to campus, we give them the opportunity to talk with the University community and share information. It also gives some of our students the opportunity to practice the health procedures they are learning in the classroom. Other students gain exposure to potential careers as they see how professionals are involved in the heathcare field.”
SRU’s Healthfest not only provides information about specific health problems, it offers information about developing a healthy lifestyle or dealing with those who are experiencing health issues, Mortimer said.
The festival was created as a way of enhancing education about health as well as a way to promote the concept and benefits of wellness, he said.
This year’s theme is “Your Health can be Heaven in 2011.”
More than a dozen free, or low-cost, screenings will be offered at the event, including those for osteoporosis offered by Butler Memorial Hospital, blood pressure and body-fat analysis done by SRU exercise science students, ear inspection by Hearing Healthcare Associations, lupus testing by the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania, vision testing by Wal-Mart Vision Center, blood pressure screening by the Visiting Nurses of Western Pennsylvania, Massage Therapy, foot screenings by a podiatrist from Grove City Medical, tips on healthy snacks and healthy eating, will also be provided.
SRU students will be able to receive their free flu shots at this year’s event. Recipients should be in good health (no fever, aches, congestion) at the time of the shot. Each student must present a student ID. Flu shots will not be offered on campus to faculty and staff this year.
Exhibitors scheduled to distribute literature and talk with participants are: the American Association for Retired People, Alleghany Chesapeake Physical Therapy, American Heart Association, Butler Family Chiropractic, Butler Lions Club, Center for Community Resources Inc., Chiropractic Care Center in Slippery Rock, Center for Organ Recovery and Education, Ellwood City Hospital, Grape Vine Drop In Center, Grove Manor Nursing Home and Personal Care, Hatha Yoga of Slippery Rock, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, McCool’s Identity Theft Protection, Mental Health Association in Butler County, Silver Oaks/Overlook Medical Clinic, Signal Press, Slippery Rock Senior Center, Reliv, Valic, VITAS, Weight Watchers, and the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute.
SRU students and faculty involved with the following programs will also staff information tables: Bailey Library, the Exercise is Medicine, Exercise Science/Wellness Promotion, HOPE Peer Educators, public health and the Counseling Center.
The Rock Dance Co., Dance Express and the SRU cheerleaders will provide entertainment.
Healthfest participants are urged to visit the event, then join the fifth annual “In the Pink: Stride for a Cure” breast cancer awareness walk which begins at 12:30 p.m. at the ARC.
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