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 SRU Annual 'Healthfest' to Offer Free Screenings, Information, Updates 




Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail:


     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s annual HealthFest, designed to provide the latest information on a variety of human health issues, will again offer a number of free health screenings along with opportunities to learn about exercise, health issues and disease prevention as part of the Oct. 18 event in the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

      The free fest, open to both the campus and community, will run 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

      The free screenings scheduled include osteoporosis from Butler Memorial Hospital Imaging Center; a chiropractor will be on hand for chiropractic screenings; pulse oxygen and blood sugar by the Concordia Visiting Nurses; body fat composition and blood pressure by SRU’s Exercise Science Society; blood pressure by Grove Manor Nursing Home; cholesterol by Jameson Health System; and depression by Jameson Hospital Behavioral Health Unit. Other screenings planned are vision evaluations by the Wal-Mart Vision Center; body composition by United Community Hospital;and a series of physical screenings by the SRU School of Physical Therapy. Ten-minute chair massages will be offered for $3 for students and senior citizens, and $5 for faculty and community members.

     Health-related organizations offering information tables, including brochures and literature, will be the American Association for Retired People, AIG Valic, the Alzheimer’s Association, Ameriplan USA, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, AmeriCorps, Athletic Training Association, Autumn Grove Care Center, Avon, Butler County Area Agency on Aging, Butler County Children’s Center Inc., Butler Lions Club, Center for Community Resources, Childcare Information Services of Butler County, Chiropractic Care Center, Chiropractor, Community Health Challenge, CORE (Center for Organ Recovery and Education), Countryside, Edison Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Family Health Council, Grape Vine Drop In Center, Hope Peer Educators, Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania, Lutheran Services Society, UMADD, Mental Health Association in Butler County, the Slippery Rock Newman Center, Orchard Manor, Inc., Pennsylvania Public Health Association Collegiate Chapter, Slippery Rock Senior Center, Sugar Creek Health Management, Taekwondo America, Weight Watchers, and the university’s Exercise Science/Physiology of Aging, Gerontology Program & Sigma Phi Omega, along with the SRU Counseling Center, Bailey Library, Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center, Outdoor Adventures program, parks and recreation/environmental education department, and the SRU Women’s Center and Bridge Project.

     The Visiting Nurses of Western Pennsylvania will bring its home education unit, Vitality Foodservice, Inc., will offer juice samples, and AVI, the campus contract food vendor, will offer healthy food samples.

      Line dancing will be presented by the Slippery Rock Senior Center at 10:30 a.m., and the “Silver Sneakers” from the senior center will perform at 11:30 a.m. An “Options: Contraceptive Workshop,” by Jodi Solito, coordinator of health promotions at the McLachlan Student Health Center, will be offered at 12:30 p.m., and the SRU Flute Combo, directed by Stacey Steele, assistant professor of music, will perform at 12:45 p.m. The SRU Jazz Combo, directed by Terry Steele, associate professor of music, will perform at 1 p.m., the SRU cheerleaders and the SRU Dance Express will also perform during the afternoon.




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