Tuskegee University celebrates Annual Health Fair
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (March 19, 2014) – Tuskegee University came together with the community to host its Annual Health Fair. Hosted by Student Health Services, the event was held in Logan Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
During the fair, many organizations from both on and off campus were able to provide the attendees with valuable information regarding their health. Several groups of students from the university’s Nursing and Occupational Therapy programs as well as representatives from the Macon County Health Department and Lab Corps performed free blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol screening. Other groups, like Woman’s Hope Medical Center, Tuskegee University Residence Life, the Tuskegee University Staff Senate and the National Society of Leadership and Health offered valuable information on topics such as food and nutrition, sexual assault, sexually transmitted diseases, and other very important topics relevant to living a healthy lifestyle.
“The TU Health Fair is a health promotion event to help students, faculty and staff make informed decisions about lifestyle and personal health behaviors which can play an important role in preventing and controlling many current health problems,” said Dr. June Samuel, director of Student Health Services. “The fair provides opportunities for campus departments, student groups and community-based service providers to share a range of health and safety related booths, displays and activities including a variety of physical screenings.”
From a student’s perspective, the health fair was helpful in getting information about lesser-known medical professions. Tyree Marable, a first year grad student in occupational therapy from Nashville, Tenn., said occupational therapists are important to the patient’s rehabilitation process. They help the injured re-learn basic life tasks and overcome difficulties with motor skills.
“I’m excited for people to come to our table and learn more about occupational therapy and the actual services we offer,” Marable said. “Events like these are very beneficial in getting knowledge to TU students and the community about issues that affect us every day.”
By: Karlette Sullivan, Tuskegee University Office of Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing
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