Park University Nursing Program to Host Free Health Fair

Monday, February 9, 2015

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Park University’s Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing will hold its annual health fair on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 9 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 fair’s theme, “Fresh Start,” will include a range of health topics presented by area vendors and Park University organizations. The topics include hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, colon cancer awareness, heart health, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, smoking, depression and anxiety, social media precautions, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy prevention, eating disorders, seat belts, immunizations, domestic violence, diet and weight management, influenza and skin cancer.

“The Fresh Start theme emphasizes health promotion activities and information,” said Gerry Walker, D.H.Ed., chair of Park’s nursing program and associate professor of nursing. “The event is designed for those who want to begin a new path to wellness, maintain what they have accomplished or get back on track. Health fairs are a great place to consider the opportunities to make informed choices about setting priorities and taking the first step.”

Area organizations involved in the fair include: Mosaic Life Care, GreenAcres Market, Midwest Transplant Network, The Center for Healing and Recovery, Parkville Police Department, Platte County (Mo.) Health Department and North Kansas City (Mo.) Hospital.

For more information about the health fair, contact Michelle Forrest, administrative assistant for the Department of Nursing, at michelle.forrest@park.edu or (816) 584-6257.