Annual Health Fair kicks off
Published: Monday, April 9, 2012
Updated: Monday, April 9, 2012 00:04
When asked about the overall goal for the UCCS Health Fair, Stephanie Hanenburg, director of the Student Health Center, said it was “just to get people to think about getting healthy.”
On April 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Berger Hall, our campus will play host to nearly 50 vendors from different health–related organizations offering free services, samples and even massages.
At the fair, screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, as well as cholesterol will be offered, and students will be able to get information on things as common as dentistry and as unique as acupuncture.
For physically-active students, or students looking to become more active, the Boulder Running Company will be there to answer any questions, and there will be TaeKwon-Do instructors looking to take on new pupils.
Students in the military also have something to gain from attending, with personnel from the Veteran Center present to answer any general questions and allow UCCS veteran students to better understand the counseling services offered by the Mobile Vet Center.
The Health Fair isn’t solely about physical health, however. Resources concerning mental health will also be widely available. Attendees will be able to find organizations dedicated to suicide prevention and stopping domestic violence, as well as the Lynn Institute, which specializes in sleep studies.
Students who are looking to help have not been excluded. The fair will offer benevolent students the opportunity to be screened for marrow donation at a later date, and students will be able to donate their blood on site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to the off-campus organizations, students can also learn about the everyday services offered by our own Student Health Center.
“The Health Fair gets them health screenings for free,” she said.
The Health Fair is only held once a year, so students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity – and if previous attendance is any indication, people do appreciate the services the Health Fair offers, with last year’s fair bringing in more than 500 people over the course of the day.
If free massages and healthy snack samples are not enough to convince students to attend, all visitors who meet with just eight of the many vendors will be eligible to win door prizes, including offers from Jazzman’s, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and various off-campus restaurants, to name a few.
So attend for the free massages, the free food or the wealth of health information – but most important of all, attend for yourself and your health.