Take advantage of 16 health screening at the Community Health Fair Feb. 24

February 12 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Wabash Valley residents will be able to take charge of their health while taking advantage of 16 free health screenings at a Community Health Fair Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Landsbaum Center for Health Education, located at 1433 North 6th Street, one block south of Union Hospital.

Indiana University School of Medicine -Terre Haute, Indiana State University's College of Nursing, ISU's Rowe Center for Communication Disorders, ISU's Family and Consumer Sciences, ISU psychology department, ISU athletic training, Ivy Tech Community College respiratory therapy department, Butler University pharmacy department, AP&S Clinic, Hamilton Center, Vigo County Health Department, the Martin Center and Wal-Mart will offer screenings for:

. Body Mass Index (BMI)
. Blood Pressure
. Pulse
. Lead Poisoning
. Diabetes
. Hearing
. Posture
. Balance
. Leg Length Discrepancy
. Depression
. Glaucoma
. HIV/AIDS
. Vision
. Pulmonary Function
. Sickle Cell
. Bone density

Faculty and students from the Ivy Tech massage therapy program will be giving mini shoulder and neck massages. The Butler University Pharmacy faculty and staff will be on hand to provide information on medications at their "Ask a Pharmacist" exhibit.

While learning about your health, help others by donating blood. The Indiana Blood Center will be in the Landbaum Center with their mobile unit. Donors should be at least 17 years old, in good health, and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.

In addition to visiting 70 community agencies exhibiting at the event, the public will get an opportunity to see the latest technology used to train healthcare professionals Stan, the METI human patient simulator, which will be used to demonstrate heart sounds and respiration. The IU School of Medicine medical students and faculty will provide the public with an opportunity to learn about heart sounds through the use of a stethoscope on METI.

There will be plenty of activities to keep children busy. ISU students will offer a children's activity area with Carle Foundation's Stufee, a stuffed human body with internal organs can be removed, and Bone-A-Part, a skeleton that children can use to match the bones.

Other activities include using microscopes, body tracing and labeling of major organs and body systems, and a "Picture Yourself in a Health Career" booth where children can dress up as health care professionals and get their picture taken. The Union Hospital Family Medicine Center will read stories to children as part of its Read Out and Read Program. The Vigo County Sheriff's Department will be on hand to provide fingerprint records to parents.

Healthy snacks will be provided by Baesler's Market. Drawings for door prizes from area merchants and athletic teams such as the Indianapolis Indians, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers will be held every half-hour.

Thanks to support from the City of Terre Haute, residents can hop on a city bus for free to attend the fair. The Plaza North and the North 19th/12 Points routes both make stops at Union Hospital, one block north of the Landsbaum Center.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the Health Fair, contact Melissa Geib at (812) 237-8588.

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Contact: Melissa Geib, associate director of the West Central Indiana Area Health Education Center, (812) 237-8588 or mgeib@medicine.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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Wabash Valley residents will be able to take charge of their health while taking advantage of 16 free health screenings at a Community Health Fair Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Landsbaum Center for Health Education, located at 1433 North 6th Street, one block south of Union Hospital.

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