Area residents and high school students are invited to learn about ways to make
their lives more enjoyable through healthy living as Owens Community College hosts Care Fair for Health 2009 Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center. The event is sponsored by the Owens School of Health Sciences’ faculty and students.
“Owens Community College is excited to once again host an event dedicated to educating area residents and students about our nation’s growing health concerns,” said Jennifer Irelan, Owens director of recruitment and Care Fair for Health Committee co-chair. “Throughout the day, individuals can take advantage of the various health services and advice being offered by Northwest Ohio’s premiere health care community.”
Attendees will have the opportunity to gain practical health information from more than 60 displays outlining a diverse array of topics, including CPR, cancer information and care, fire safety, nutrition and culinary arts, genetic information, mental health, substance abuse, HIV awareness, sports care and stress management.
Additionally, individuals will be able to test their personal health through free screenings and tests, including blood pressure and blood sugar screenings.
In addition, Owens School of Health Sciences faculty and students will be offering free bone density tests and scans.
Flu shots will be available from ProMedica Health Systems. The flu shots are $25 and receipts will be distributed for use as documentation for insurance reimbursement.
Additionally, Fort Meigs YMCA Center for Health Promotion will offer a free digital body fat analysis to Care Fair for Health attendees.
Organizations scheduled to be on hand from the health care community include the American Red Cross, ProMedica Health System, Mobile Meals of Toledo, Life Connection of Ohio, St. Vincent Mercy Burn Care Center, the University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, Fulton County Health Center and The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio, among others.
Attendees can also look over a medical helicopter air unit in the Student Health and Activities Center parking lot during the event.
Students in Owens’ Massage Therapy program will be providing free massages and the Student Nurses Association will hold a bake sale.
College representatives will also offer information on the Heimlich maneuver and CPR through a “Choking Charlie” demonstration.
Owens will have information available for those interested in pursuing a college education. The college offers a wide variety of academic programs through the School of Health Sciences, and past graduates from these academic programs have gone on to become dental hygienists, dietetic technicians, chefs, hotel and restaurant managers, occupational therapy assistants, health information technicians, radiographers and ultrasound technologists throughout Northwest Ohio.
All activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call 567-661-7421 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7421.