Com­mu­nity en­gages in Cam­pus Health Fair

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bri­ana Contreras

Lo­rain County Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s health and well­ness depart­ment hosted its an­nual Cam­pus Health Fair on Nov. 7, which in­cluded a num­ber of ser­vices and fun for stu­dents and the com­mu­nity.

Over 70 lo­cal, health and well­ness-like ven­dors and or­ga­ni­za­tions filled John A. Spitzer Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, 1005 N. Abbe Road in Elyria, and in­formed guests of their ser­vices and pro­vided some of those ser­vices for free, ac­cord­ing to Deb­bie Turner, ad­min­is­tra­tive as­so­ciate of hu­man re­sources at LCCC.

Some of th­ese ser­vices were CPR demon­stra­tions, blood pres­sure and blood glu­cose screen­ings, flu shots and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties like dance and box­ing.

Stu­dents of LCCC’s health and fit­ness pro­gram and Mar­ion L. Steele High School’s med­i­cal tech­ni­cian course also played a role in of­fer­ing free well­ness tests and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided by the col­lege were raf­fles, mu­sic, healthy snacks and danc­ing.

Keith Brown, LCCC’s di­rec­tor of hu­man re­sources, said the event ini­tially was meant to in­form the col­lege’s em­ploy­ees of health ser­vices in the com­mu­nity to im­prove their life­styles.

How­ever, LCCC wanted to cre­ate a health fair and in­vite the pub­lic be­cause “be­ing healthy is im­por­tant for not only our em­ploy­ees, but also for our stu­dents and the com­mu­nity,” Brown said.

The Cam­pus Health Fair has grown since it be­gan three years ago, with more ven­dors and or­ga­ni­za­tions in­ter­ested in pro­mot­ing over­all healthy life­styles, he said.

“Ev­ery­thing from soup to nuts,” is what’s in­cluded at the Cam­pus Health Fair, ac­cord­ing Lisa Au­gus­tine, pro­fes­sor and pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor

“We’re try­ing to en­cour­age that over­all well­ness, fi­nan­cially, phys­i­cally, men­tally, en­vi­ron­men­tally and spir­i­tu­ally.”

— Lisa Au­gus­tine, pro­fes­sor and pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor of health, phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and re­cre­ation at LCCC

of health, phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and re­cre­ation at LCCC. “We have fun ac­tives to get (guests) in­volved; mas­sages, nail paint­ing to make you feel good and all the in­for­ma­tion you need to live a health­ier life­style.”

Au­gus­tine said it’s not a typ­i­cal health fair where guests re­ceive in­for­ma­tion and free sup­plies, but one that in­cludes op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­gage the at­ten­dance.

“We’re try­ing to en­cour­age that over­all well­ness, fi­nan­cially, phys­i­cally, men­tally, en­vi­ron­men­tally

and spir­i­tu­ally,” she said.

Au­gus­tine said she hopes guests learned at least one way to en­hance their health and well­ness through the col­lege’s Vi­sion 20/20 pri­or­ity of en­hanc­ing good health in the com­mu­nity.

Jen Holden was one of the many guests at the event.

Holden is soon-to-be a Lo­rain res­i­dent once again as she moves back with her fam­ily from South Carolina.

She said she at­tended the event to look around see what ser­vices were be­ing of­fered, and ended up walk­ing out as a stu­dent in a course of­fered by one of the ven­dors. “(The Cam­pus Health Fair) can re­ally help peo- ple,” Holden said. “It’s a nice event.”

BRI­ANA CONTRERAS — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Norene Bo­han­non, an ad­junct fac­ulty mem­ber of LCCC’s Well­ness Am­bas­sadors, dances to the Cha Cha Slide with a min­ion, stu­dents and fel­low staff mem­bers Nov. 7 at the col­lege’s an­nual Health Fair. The event had over 70 health and well­ness or­ga­ni­za­tions and ven­dors in the John A. Spitzer Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, of­fer­ing their ser­vices to the pub­lic.

BRI­ANA CONTRERAS — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Evan Gray, 14, and Tyler Stew­art, 15, are fresh­man early col­lege stu­dents at Lo­rain County Com­mu­nity Col­lege. The two par­tic­i­pated in an aware­ness ac­tiv­ity, Nov. 7, which was pro­vided by Mar­ion L. Steele’s Med­i­cal Tech­ni­cian class. The two had to wear gog­gles stim­u­lated to make them see what some­one in­tox­i­cated from al­co­hol use sees.

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