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UIS to hold Sixth Annual Health Fair

March 19, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois at Springfield will host its Sixth Annual Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in the concourse and conference rooms on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by UIS’ Public Health Club and Campus Health Services, the fair is held in conjunction with National Public Health Week, which this year focuses on the theme “Eliminating Health Disparities: Communities Moving from Statistics to Solutions.”

The keynote event is a mini-conference, from noon to 1:30 p.m., focusing on the many aspects of health disparities at the international, state, and local levels. Speakers include Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury of Bangladesh, visiting professor at Columbia University in New York; Ray Cooke, director of the Springfield Department of Public Health; and Gina Lathan Witener, assistant AIDS/HIV section chief, Illinois Department of Public Health.  A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations, and free lunch will be served to those who attend the conference.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Dr. Thomas Baron from Springfield Clinic will be available to perform free screenings for prostate and testicular cancer. 

“A Closer Walk,” a documentary on HIV in Africa, will be shown at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Organization Resource Center, also located in the PAC concourse. The film is presented by UIS Campus Health Services and is free and open to the public.

Other activities and opportunities are cancer risk assessments by staff from St. John’s Hospital; various interactive health screenings including those for blood pressure, cholesterol ($6), and blood sugar ($4); confidential HIV/STD screenings; body fat analysis; massage and Reiki therapy; first aid and CPR demonstrations; educational displays and information on mental health, prevention of head and spinal cord injuries, interpreting laboratory tests, and women’s and men’s health issues; and healthy vegetarian recipes.

Participants can also sign up to be a donor in the campus blood drive set for April 14 in Lincoln Residence Hall, purchase a heart healthy meal in the UIS cafeteria, and buy a chance in a fundraising raffle sponsored by the Public Health Club. Prizes have been donated by Circuit City, Panera, Denny’s, Olive Garden, Cheddar’s, Outback Steakhouse, Cinco de Mayo, Food Fantasies, and Petals and Accents.

Vendors participating in the Health Fair include the American Red Cross; Dr. Thomas Baron; Gloria Ferguson, Reiki master; Fit Club; Kneading Hands Therapeutic Massage; Lincoln Land Community College; Memorial Medical Center; Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois; Planned Parenthood Springfield Area; Springfield Department of Public Health; Springfield Vegetarian Association; St. John’s College of Nursing; St. John’s Hospital Cancer Institute; Think First; and the UIS Clinical Laboratory Science Club, Counseling Center, Office of Disability Services, Environmental Services Department, and Public Health Club.

For more information, contact Jill Stoops, Campus Health Services, at 206-6676.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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