“Reap a Healthy Harvest” is this year’s theme for the annual IU Northwest Health Fair, which will be held Nov. 12 in the Savannah Center Gymnasium.
Between the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. visitors are encouraged to attend and participate in health screenings offered by northwest Indiana healthcare providers. According to Glenda Dexter-Brown, Lecturer in Nursing, the goal of the fair is to provide the community with education and opportunities to identify certain health-risk factors.
Participants providing specific services include:
• IU Northwest Medical Laboratory Technology will conduct triglycerides, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and fasting blood glucose tests. Tests for all students are free. However, students must present their university ID prior to having the tests drawn. All participants must fast for 12 hours prior to the tests (black coffee and water may be consumed). Blood draws will be performed in Savannah 203-204 from 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
• The Methodist Hospitals NLC will conduct osteoporosis and bone density screenings. They will also offer flu vaccines for $16 and pneumonia vaccines for $20. The Methodist Hospitals Rehab Center will also conduct a pulse oximetry.
• Sawyer College Massage School, Debbie Fandrei and Kristen Spiru will offer 10-15 minutes of free massages.
• IU Northwest Dental Education will offer free oral screenings. A dentist will be available to examine mouths from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free toothbrushes are available with a trade in of the old one.
• IU Northwest Respiratory Care will offer a pulse oximetry.
• BSN Seniors from IU Northwest will offer cardiac risk assessment and blood pressure screenings.
• Heartland Blood Center will do blood typing.
Additional participants who will be providing information on their various services include:
NILEA-Fatal Vision Goggles, American Red Cross, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, BSN Sophomores-Poster Presentations, IU Northwest Fitness Center, IU Northwest Childcare Center, IU Northwest Counseling Services, Franciscan Homes care services, Lake County Health Department-Food Safety Info, Student Nurses’ Association, Hospice of the Calumet Area, Inc., The Caring Place, IU Northwest Radiologic Sciences, Alcoholics Anonymous, IU Northwest Health Information Technology-Info on Confidentiality and Personal Health Records, IU Northwest Wellness Team, Omni 41 Health & Fitness Connection, Healthy Start, Awakened Alternatives, Inc., 21st Century Total Wellness, Prenatal Assistance Program at St. Anthony Hospital, and Smoke Out Indiana.
Several door prizes will be given out to visitors. For more information, please contact Glenda Dexter-Brown at 219-980-6619.