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Catch the Annual Health Fair, it’s contagious

MCT Campus News Wire

“Health is Contagious,” is the theme of the 16th Annual Boise State University Health Fair taking place Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom.

The fair is open to students and the community and will include preventative health screenings, educational offerings, giveaways and free food.

Some of the health screenings which will be available include: free HIV screening, glucose and blood pressure testing, fitness overview, $20 flu shots and mammograms which will be billed to insurance and must be scheduled by 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12. To schedule a mammogram appointment call 367-8787.

There are around 55 exhibitors expected at the event and including: BSU Health & Recreation Services, Planned Parenthood, Women and Children’s Alliance, Boise Co-Op, Military Science-Army ROTC and Total Woman Fitness, among many others. There will also be a variety of free food available such as smoothies, chili, sandwich wraps and dairy products.

The Health Fair is organized by seniors in Kinesiology 440 (Health Promotion Programming).

According to Caile Spear, Ph.D., professor and class coordinator, “The overall class objective is for the students to plan, implement and evaluate an actual community-based event.”

For the last 16 years students have chosen to fulfill this class objective by organizing the Health Fair.

Andrea Wilson, a senior health education and promotion major currently in the class, explained the class is broken down into logistic centers with each team responsible for its budget and work plan.

“This is an integrated service-learning class so the students are providing a service to the community while learning how to implement a community-based event,” Spear said.

Apart from being an opportunity for students and the surrounding community to focus on their health, organizers will also be collecting nonperishable food donations for the Idaho Foodbank as well as winter clothing for the local Keep Kids Warm project.