Health Fair to take place at Hulman Center

By: ISU Communications and Marketing Staff, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
January 15, 2010

Medical students at the IU School of Medicine at Indiana State University will promote the benefits of healthy attitudes and behaviors during an upcoming health fair.

The Terre Haute Community Health Fair will take place in the ISU Hulman Center on Jan. 31 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation and Union Hospital, is designed to provide the community with health education and free access to essential health screenings. Participants will have access to free early detection kidney screenings, glucose and cholesterol screenings, blood pressure evaluations, and balance and vision testing.

The health fair was developed by medical students in Terre Haute as a way to give back to the local community, medical student Joe Brogan said.

Brogan, a Fort Wayne, Ind. native, in his second year at ISU's branch of the IU School of Medicine, said the annual event is one that benefits a number of people.

"The health fair has grown to not only involve medical students here at IU School of Medicine, but nursing, athletic training ... and others at Indiana State University as well," Brogan said.

The health fair targets the area's residents and is a free event.

"The aims of the health fair are to educate our community about prevalent health issues and to provide a number of fundamental health screenings that are essential to baseline health," Brogan said. "Our most effective method is arming the community with the knowledge to make educated decisions about their healthcare."

The health fair will host national organizations, including the American Cancer Association, as well as local exhibits from the Hamilton Center, ISU athletic training, dietetics, and nursing programs, Ivy Tech Respiratory Care, IU School of Medicine, MedLab and West Central Indiana-Area Health Education Center.

Community members must pre-register for the event as well as National Kidney Foundation's KEEP Early Detection Kidney Screening.

For more information on the event and registration information, visit the health fair's Web site at www.healthyterrehaute.com.

Writer: Bailee Souder, Indiana State University, media relations intern, (812) 237-3773, bsouder1@indstate.edu