SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois at Springfield will host its Tenth Annual Health Awareness Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in the concourse area 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.
Health Awareness Day is sponsored by the UIS Campus Health Services and the Master of Public Health Student Association in celebration of National Public Health Week, April 7 through 13, which this year focuses on the theme "Climate Change: Our Health in the Balance."
Three presentations will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in PAC conference room F. From 11 a.m. to noon Cindy Ladage, a UIS graduate who currently serves as public relations coordinator for the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety, will speak on radon. From noon to 1 p.m. Biology department faculty Michael Lemke, James Bonacum, and Hua Chen will give an overview of the Emiquon Project, a restoration of more than 7,000 acres of farmland to its natural state as a river floodplain. And from 1 to 2 p.m. William Warren, professor emeritus of Environmental Studies, will discuss global warming and public health. Lunch will be provided to those who attend these presentations.
Other activities will include free screenings for cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, vision, body fat, bone density, and sun damage. Information on radon, smoking cessation, back care, vegetarianism and vegan recipes, sex education, and teen dating/violence will be available. Participants can also get information about donating blood and sign up to be a donor.
Some booths will offer prizes and there will be a raffle, with proceeds to benefit the MPH Student Association.
A partial list of agencies and individuals participating in Health Awareness Day 2008 includes: the Bone and Joint Institute, St. Johns Hospital; Catholic Charities; Central Illinois Blood Center; Conant Chiropractic and Wellness Center; Fit Club; Industrial Rehab and Prairie Cardiovascular, Memorial Medical Center; Planned Parenthood; Sangamon County Health Department; Sojourn Shelter and Services, Inc.; Springfield Vegetarian Association; and UIS' Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.Campus Health Services is part of UIS' Division of Student Affairs. For more information, contact the UIS Campus Health Services at 206-6676.