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 SRU to Host 'Healthfest '03' on Oct. 14, Free Screenings 




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



          SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Personal health for all age groups – students and adults – is the focus of this year’ “Healthfest 2003” offered by Slippery Rock University as a community outreach program. The daylong event will offer a series of free or low-cost health screenings designed to help community residents keep on top of their health indicators.

          The annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center offering more than 75 information and screening booths.

          Lead by co-chairs Brian Mortimer, coordinator of wellness at the Russell Wright Fitness Center in the student recreation center, and Dr. Nancy Gabrielsen, assistant professor of allied health, “Healthfest 2003” aims to further the university’s mission as a caring community of lifelong learners connecting with the world by involving all segments of the local community. Residents from throughout the region are invited to attend.

          Health or health-related agencies and organizations, along with appropriate campus departments and programs, will participate offering information, brochures and health screenings.

          Entertainment, related to health and wellness, will also be part of the day with the Slippery Rock Senior Center offering a “Line Dancing and Clogging” exhibition in addition to a “Labyrinth Presentation” outlining the benefits of walking meditation presented by Cheryl Andre in conjunction with the Newman Center at 10:30 a.m. The rock cheerleaders will perform at 12:30 p.m. and the SRU music department’s “Flute and Jazz Combo” will perform at 12:45 p.m.

Screenings will include:

         Osteoporosis -- Butler Memorial Hospital Imaging Center

         Flu shots -- ConcordiaCare Visiting Nurses  ($15 fee for community, Medicare B & Security Blue accepted)

         Flu shots (SRU students) – McLachlan Student Health Center

         Blood pressure – Countryside and Trinity Living Center

         Body composition  -- Exercise Science Society and United Community Hospital

         Senior fitness tests – SRU students majoring in exercise science or the physiology of aging

         Cholesterol -- Jameson Health System 

         Massage Therapy – Chair Massage ($3 seniors and students for 10 min/$5 faculty/staff and community for 10 min)

         Depression  --  Mental Health Association in Butler County

         Mammograms -- Northwest Medical Center(by special arrangement for SRU employees only; contact Human Resources)

         Balance/Fall -- Passavant Retirement Community

         Shoulder assessments, balance assessments, and other related assessments -- SRU School of Physical Therapy

         Oral cancer exams -- University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

         Exercise Science, Physiology of Aging(Senior fitness test battery)

         Vision – Wal-Mart Vision Center


Staffing information tables will be:

         American Association for Retired People

         Alzheimer’s Association

         American Cancer Society

         Athletic Training Association

         Autumn Grove Care Center


         Belmont Pines Hospital

         Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement

         Bridge Project

         Butler County Area Agency on Aging

         Butler County Commissioner’s office

         Butler Lions Club

         Chiropractic Care Center

         Chiropractic and Nutritional Healthcare

         Choice Community Outreach

         Community Health Challenge

         Commissioner Glen Anderson of Butler County

         CORE (Center for Organ Recovery and         Education)


         Family Health Council

         Grape Vine Drop In Center

         Grove City Senior Community Center

         Grove Manor Nursing Home and Personal     Care Home

         Hospice of Greater Butler, Comfort Care

         Indian Creek Nursing Center

         Irene Stacy Community Mental Health Center

         Keystone Rehabilitation Systems


         Lutheran Services Society



         National Kidney Foundation of Western Pa.

         Slippery Rock Newman Center

         Orchard Manor Inc.

         Quality Life Services

         Recreation and the Aging Process

         St. Barnabas Health System

         Sprucewood Commons

         Slippery Rock Senior Center

         Sunrise Assisted Living

         Trinity Assisted Living

         Weight Watchers

         AVI Foodsystems Inc.  – Cooking Demonstration, Food Samples & Smoothies

         Avon – Samples of Wellness Products

         Visiting Nurses of Western PA –

Home Education Unit

         Wal-Mart Vision Center- vision screening

         Vitality Foodservice, Inc. – Juice Samples

         Weight Watchers


University offices and programs participating, include

            Bailey Library

            Community Health Class

            SRU Bridge Project

            Gerontology Program

            Hope Peer Educators

            Institute for Community Service Learning    Nonprofit Leadership

            Institute for Learning in Retirement

            Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center

            Women’s Center

            Therapeutic Recreation Club

            Sports Nutrition Education Resource Center

            Outdoor Adventures

            Parks and Recreation Department

            PPHA-CC PA Public Health Association      Collegiate Chapter

            Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable  Systems Education and Research

            Counseling Center

            SGA Bookstore

            Rock Cheerleaders

            Exercise Science Society

            Music Department

            Recreation and the Aging Process

            Institute for Community, Service-Learning and

Non-profit Leadership

            Exercise Science/Worksite Wellness







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