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


          SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Free, or low cost, screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure and depression, as well as flu shots will be among the services provided at Slippery Rock University’s Oct. 15 “Healthfest 2002” presented as an intergenerational event aimed at bringing better health and information to students and the community while also spotlighting the university’s expanding health-related academic programs.

          The all-day session will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the University Union. Organized by Brian Mortimer, coordinator of Wellness and the Russell Wright Fitness Center at SRU, “Healthfest 2002” will include health exhibits, multi-media presentations, demonstrations, literature and information on a wealth of health issues.

The Slippery Rock Senior Center will offer a “Line Dancing” demonstration at 10 a.m., followed by a 10:30 a.m. “Labyrinth Presentation” (walking meditation), offered by Cheryl Andre in conjunction with the Slippery Rock Newman Center. Heather House, an SRU graduate student from Tampa, Fla., will offer “Traditional Yoga” at 10:45 a.m. ARAMARK, the campus food contractor, will offer healthy cooking demonstrations and samples throughout the day, and the SRU Athletic Training Association will show how shoulder exercises can be done with household products. The SRU music department will provide flute and jazz combo entertainment at 11:30 a.m. 

           Screenings planned include: the Butler Memorial Hospital Imaging Center, osteoporosis; ConcordiaCare Visiting Nurses, flu shots ($15 or Medicare B and Security Blue accepted); Evergreen Nursing Center, pulse oximeter and blood pressures; Grove Manor Nursing Home, blood pressure; Jameson Health Systems, cholesterol; Jameson Hospital Behavioral Health Unit, depression, suicide and stress; massage therapy and reflexology will be provided by Russ Yockey, and Patricia Redshaw and Charese Lashinsky will offer massage therapy (chair and table massages $3 fee, for 5 min.); Mental Health Association in Butler County, depression; Chiropractic and Nutritional Healthcare, posture screening; Northwest Medical Center, mammograms (SRU employees by appointment only); United Community Hospital, bioelectrical impedance; Visiting Nurses of Western Pennsylvania, a description of their home educational unit; and Vitality Foodservice, Inc., juice samples.

University health-related departments participating include those involved in the exercise and rehabilitative sciences department, offering body composition and blood pressure screenings along with a battery of tests related to senior fitness and the physiology of aging; the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research, offering information on organic vegetables; the School of Physical Therapy offering balance screening and fall prevention information; and the McLachlan Student Health Center offering free flu shots to SRU students.

           Among area health-related agencies that will participate are the American Association for Retired People, American Heart Association, AIDS Alliance, Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Belmont Pines Hospital, Butler County Area Agency on Aging, Butler Lions Club, Chiropractic Care Center, Community Health Challenge, CORE, Family Health Council, Grove City Senior Community Center, Indian Creek Nursing Center, Irene Stacy Community Mental Health Center, Lifesteps, National Awareness of Mental Illness, National Kidney Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock Newman Center, Orchard Manor, Inc., Quality Life Services, Slippery Rock Senior Center, St. Barnabas Nursing Homes, Sunrise Assisted Living and VOICe. 

SRU departments and programs participating in the event include the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center, the Counseling Center, Gerontology Program, Hope Peer Educators, Institute for Learning in Retirement, the Macoskey Center, Outdoor Adventures, the collegiate chapter of the Pennsylvania Public Health Association, the Sports Nutrition Education Resource Center, the Therapeutic Recreation Program and the SRU Women’s Center. For additional details call 724-738-4413.                                                                                                        



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