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October 11, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU 'HealthFest' offers free screenings

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Free health screenings and a wealth of health information will be available to participants of Slippery Rock University's annual Healthfest Oct. 15 in the Robert Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

The event runs 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

"We have been doing this Healthfest for a number of years, and I am always pleased to see the number of faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the community that come out to gather information," said Brian Mortimer, SRU's coordinator of wellness and director of the Russell Wright Fitness Center in the ARC. "We sometimes forget that as we age, our health changes and we need to keep up on the latest information."

"There are also a number of areas that are of interest to students. We are often surprised by the number of students who are interested in their own health, or that of other family members, and are looking for information they can share. We also promote such safety ideas as not drinking and driving as well as moderate alcohol consumption."

"This event gives those with family or friends facing health problems, or just concerns about health issues, a chance to talk with experts and to see what kinds of facilities and services are offered in the regional community. We have health centers, hospitals, specialists and participants from a number of heath-related services that staff information booths to let the community know they are here and the kinds of services they can provide. It is truly a great chance to get health information quickly and easily - and all at one location."

"Of course, the free information is in addition to a number of free health screenings that the festival offers. The screenings gives our students in health-related majors the chance to talk about their learning and at the same time practice their skills in such areas as determining blood pressure or assessing body fat levels," he said.

Among the exhibitors participating will be: Adagio Health; the Alpha Omega Center; Amedisys Home Care; the American Heart Association; the Athletic Training Association; SRU's Bailey Library; Brandon's Dad, a lecture about the consequences of drinking and driving; Butler Health System FastER Care; Butler Lions Club; Click Family Chiropractic; SRU Fit Club; SRU Exercise is Medicine program; SRU Exercise Science/Wellness Promotion Program; Food for Fitness; SRU's Gerontology Program; SRU Graduate Admissions; Grove City Medical Center; SRU HOPE Peer Educators; Legal Shield and Identity Theft Protection; Irene Stacy Community Mental Health Center; the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; LifeSteps; Mental Health Association in Butler County; NAMI; PNC Bank; Signal Press; Slippery Rock Senior Center; the SRU Student Counseling Center; and the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute.

Services and free health screenings offered will include: Advantage Chiropractic Centers offering posture screenings; Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy, offering body mass index screenings; AVI Food Systems showing a variety of healthy snacks; Butler Family Chiropractic offering trigger point massage and blood pressure screenings; SRU exercise science offering body fat evaluations and blood pressure screenings; Schneider's dairy will offer milk samples; the SRU Student Health Center will provide information and free flu shots to SRU students with ID; the Visiting Nurses Association will offer free blood pressure screenings; and the Wal-Mart Vision Center will offer vision screenings.

Also participating will be a number of performance groups, including a session on "Concussion Management," at 10:30 a.m., by Carley Parsons, a licensed physical therapist from Allegheny Chesapeake Therapy.

A session on "Kinesiology Taping" will be presented at 11 a.m., and the Rock Dance Co., will perform at 12:30 p.m., followed by the SRU Dance Express and SRU cheerleaders.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.