University of Southern Mississippi students are encouraged to stop by the R.C. Cook University Union on March 4 to receive free health screenings and learn about healthy lifestyle choices during this semester’s Student Health Fair.
The fair will be held from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. and offer an array of health services to students that includes blood pressure checks; blood glucose and body mass index screenings; and new stage demonstrations like Skincare 101, Nutrition Know How, Ask the Sexpert and Get Fit.
"This year’s health fair will be completely student focused," said Ashley Wreay, health education officer with Student Health Services. "We want students to take charge of their health and be aware of the importance of knowing their health status, be it heart health or sexual health."
Wreay advises that all students receive regular screenings to avoid complications later in life. The Student Health Fair is offered as a convenience for individuals, where a health screening could take just a few minutes to conduct.
Several student organizations will also participate in the fair by assisting with screenings. Senior nursing students from the School of Nursing will check blood pressure and blood sugar readings.
"This activity allows our nursing students to apply knowledge they have learned about providing health care for a community that they are a part of," said Dr. Marti Jordan, assistant professor with the School of Nursing. "By doing these activities we are either identifying persons who are at risk for developing hypertension or diabetes or persons who are in the early stages of these same diseases."
Other events scheduled include a health quiz game, a condom race, Drunk Goggles and the Eat This or That game. Information booths providing health materials and screenings include:
• Southern Miss Recreational Sports
• Student Dietetic Association
• Student Nurses Association
• Student Health Services
• Student Counseling Services
• Pine Grove Women’s Health Center
• Pine Belt Mental Health Care Resources
• 28th Place
• Diabetes Foundation
The Student Health Fair is sponsored by Student Health Services, the College of Health and the School of Nursing, Student Counseling Services and Residence Life. For more information about this event, call 601.266.5390.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.