Monday, March 26, 2012

UIS invites community to "Health Awareness Day"

WHAT: As part of National Public Health Week, Campus Health Services at the University of Illinois Springfield will host “Health Awareness Day”. Over 40 vendors will offer information on health strategies and prevention. Members of the community, students, faculty, and staff are invited.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) on the UIS campus.

DETAILS: Campus Health Service is partnering with several local health providers to offer free health screenings. Memorial Medical Center will provide bone density and cholesterol testing; dieticians from St. John’s Hospital will be on site for nutrition counseling; Abbot Diabetic Care will be measuring glucose, UIS Recreational Sports will conduct body fat testing and BMI; nurses from UIS will measure blood pressure, height and weight. Midwest Rehab will discuss work ergonomics; Springfield Clinic will provide retina scanning, CPR for the lay person, eye and breast health information and asthma screenings. The Sangamon County Health Department will offer sun damage scanning and nicotine replacement program information.

“Health Awareness Day” will also feature samples of healthy vegetarian meals and exercise demos. The Red Cross will provide information on disaster preparedness and the UIS Stars Lounge will offer first aid kits. The Chiropractors of Springfield will offer massage therapy and spinal evaluations. The Central Illinois Community Blood Center will be providing blood typing and holding a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. From 12:10 to 12:55 p.m., Kara McElwrath from UIS Information Technology Services will talk about “Health Related Apps” for your phone.

The event is co-sponsored by the UIS Masters in Public Health Student Association, UIS Recreational Sports, and Springfield Health Check. For more information, contact Lynne Price, director of UIS Campus Health Service at 217/206-6676 or email

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