MONROE, La. (KNOE) – This Saturday, March 30, ULM health science students will host a health fair.
Students will help "Spring into Health" people with educational stands and health screening.
The health fair will include the pharmacy, nursing, speech language pathology, dental hygiene, the science of medical laboratories and the health studies department of the ULM.
For health screenings, they will provide blood pressure readings, blood glucose readings, bone mineral density readings, dental checks and cholesterol readings.
For educational booths, they will have diabetes, over-the-counter drug safety, smoking cessation, drug addiction education and alcohol abuse, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cancer of the skin, cholesterol health, awareness of osteoporosis, stroke education, chronic kidney disease, prevention of drowning / water safety, importance of vaccinations, SIDS / safe sleep environment, foreign danger, safety Firefighting / Family Firefighting Plan, Bicycle Safety, Postpartum Depression, Prenatal Diet with Adequate Weight Gain, STI, Breastfeeding Benefits, Nutrition and Hand Wash Importance.
Students say this is a way to improve their education and even reach the community.
"Our field, the science of medical laboratories, is not so well known, we are in hospital laboratories," says Robin Keohavong, a medical science student. "This opportunity to be at the zoo and work with the community helps us interact and make sure that people know that we are there and that we take care of them."
Coordinator Savannah Parker says the position also helps to reach even more communities. "The zoo is such a good area because it is close to a population that is not well served," explains Parker. "So for those patients who don't receive many cured health screens, such as blood pressure readings every year, we can serve in a large area, so it's a fun environment where they can be screened for health."
The health fair is open from 10:00 to 14:00 at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo.
All screenings and educational stands are free for people at the zoo. Admission to the zoo will be free for the first 100 children 12 or less. There will also be a drawing of first, second and third place prizes for those visiting each health center. The prizes are a car seat, bike helmet and sleeping bag.