FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                Date: March 28, 2003

                  Contact: Jill Stoops, 206-6676


UIS to host fifth annual Health Fair


SPRINGFIELD The University of Illinois at Springfield will host its Fifth Annual Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in level one of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus.  Co-sponsored by the UIS Public Health Club and Campus Health Services, the event is free and open to the public.

  The Health Fair is held each year to coincide with National Public Health Week, which this time focuses on the theme “Getting in shape for the future: Healthy eating and active living.”

A panel discussion on obesity, nutrition, and exercise is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. in PAC conference room F. Panel members include Joe Thiel, personal trainer with Body Care Associates; Cindy Yergler, dietitian in practice with a local physician; and Stephanie Bess, nutritional consultant with the Illinois State Division of Community Health and Prevention. A question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion and healthy refreshments will be served.   

Dr. Thomas Baron from Springfield Clinic will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to perform free screening exams for prostate and testicular cancer. Staff from Doctors Hospital will perform free blood sugar screenings. Other interactive health screenings will include blood pressure and confidential HIV screenings. Those who are interested can also obtain results of a body fat analysis, learn their BMI (Body Mass Index), test their grip strength, and receive a target massage.


Demonstrations will include first aid, Pilates exercises, and “proper body mechanics” or the proper way to lift heavy objects.

Informational pamphlets and education on a number of other health issues for women and men will be provided such as body image issues, healthy recipes, self defense, injury prevention, West Nile Virus, smallpox, osteoporosis, disaster preparedness, and transmission of diseases from animals to humans.

Participants can also sign up to be a donor at the campus blood drive scheduled for April 16 in Lincoln Residence Hall; enter drawings for prizes including free dinners, massages, sports paraphernalia, and desserts and appetizers from local businesses; and purchase a heart-healthy meal in the UIS cafeteria.

Other participating offices at UIS include the Counseling Center, Campus Police, Women’s Center, Athletics Office, Disability Services, and Environmental Studies program.

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