Park University Nursing Students to Host Free Health Fair

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Students in Park University’s Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program will hold its annual health fair on Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground on the University’s Parkville Campus. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

The health fair, with the theme “Healthy People 2020,” will include free blood pressure, blood glucose, posture and depression screenings for attendees. In addition, a variety of health information will be available on topics such as blood disorders and blood safety, sleep disorders, preparedness, food safety, respiratory diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, global health, injury and violence prevention, nutrition and weight status, mental health and mental disorders, heart disease and stroke, diabetes and substance abuse.

“The theme, ‘Healthy People 2020,’ focuses on what the government designates as the biggest public health concerns,” said Lisa Sneed, assistant professor of nursing and health fair coordinator. “The nursing students are assigned to various health topics, and we bring in other organizations — from the University and community — to provide relevant health information and screenings.”

This year, the Park University Counseling Center will provide free, private depression screenings for interested attendees, and offer recommendations for seeking treatment, if needed.

Other Park organizations participating in the health fair include the Department of Athletic Training, Department of Social Work, Master of Healthcare Administration and Pre-Med Club. Parkville area organizations include Parkville Nutrition, Epic Bike and Sport, Mosaic Life Care, Parkville Women’s Clinic and CVS.

“We encourage the community to take advantage of this informative and free opportunity to learn more about their health and well-being,” said Sneed. “The health fair allows students to showcase their knowledge and expertise, while providing a valuable service to the community.”

For more information about the health fair, contact Sneed at lisa.sneed@park.edu or (816) 584-6832.