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IUN hosts annual health fair and university challenge blood drive

Flu vaccines will be left out this year, but the 2004 Indiana University Northwest Health Fair promises to provide a lot of other useful information and services to the community. "Construct a Healthy Lifestyle" will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Savannah Center gymnasium.

The annual health fair is planned and organized by a group of six BSN seniors.

The health fair is open to all students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Various campus services and community agencies will be represented at the health fair. A few of the specific services that will be offered include blood pressure screening, bone density screening and lab work. Lab work is free for students. A minimal fee will be charged for all others.

In addition, the IU Northwest Student Nurses Association and the Alumni Association are joining together to sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive on the same day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Moraine Student Center lobby.

Anyone at least 17 years old, with a weight of at least 110 pounds, general good health, and who has not donated blood in the past 56 days, can sign up to donate blood.

To schedule an appointment for blood donation, please contact Trudy McFarland by phone at (219) 980-6600 or e-mail Our goal for the blood drive is 80 units. All presenting donors will receive a free All-American T-shirt. Students should bring their ID.

This year's blood drive is unique and important as it is part of the IU vs. Purdue Blood Donor Challenge. "Purdue leads the series 5-2. On the local level, Purdue University Calumet recently had a blood drive for two days and averaged 79 units each day. Our goal is to beat Purdue Calumet. Therefore, we have set our goal at 80 units for one day," according to Glenda Dexter-Brown, clinical coordinator and lecturer in the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

For more information about either the Health Fair or the IU vs. Purdue Blood Donor Challenge, please call (219) 980-6600.



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