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Health Awareness Day is March 28

3/22/2007 —

Get your cholesterol checked, learn more about lasik surgery, have a complementary chiropractic evaluation, or get a 2-minute massage – this is only a fraction of what's in store for the campus and community at Penn State Wilkes-Barre's Health Awareness Day on Wednesday, March 28, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.  Sponsored by the Student Activity Fee, Continuing Education, and the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, this event will be held in the Athletics & Recreation Building's gymnasium and will feature free information and give-aways, workshops, health screenings, and prevention resources.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., Dr. Martin Blidner will give a general overview on arthritis, followed by a question/answer period. At 12:20 p.m., Mary Ehret, Penn State Senior Cooperative Extension Educator, will present Avoid the Freshman 15, offering students tips on developing good eating habits to maintain a healthy weight, the risks and benefits of dieting, and the USDA guidelines for a healthy diet.  At 1 p.m., a representative from the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute will provide information on colorectal cancer, the fourth most common cancer in the U.S. and the most frequently diagnosed cancer in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This workshop will identify risk factors and guidelines for screening.

According to campus nurse Linda McDade, R.N., B.S.N., representatives from Geisinger Wyoming Valley will conduct blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings and cardio vascular health assessments. A Geisinger pharmacist will be on hand to review medicines, and the public is encouraged to bring their medicines in for collective assessment. Geisinger will also offer a thermometer exchange, in which a digital thermometer will be provided in exchange for every mercury thermometer presented. In addition, Northeastern Eye Institute will provide complementary contact lens solution and information on lasik eye surgery; Asby & Ziegler will perform auditory evaluations; chiropractic evaluations will be available from Dr. Chris Sorti of Core Chiropractic; general dental information will be provided by Dr. Richard Grossman, DDS, and a licensed masseuse from Time Out will provide free 2-minute massages. Gun locks will be available from the Luzerne County Sheriff's office. A variety of additional information and literature regarding other health issues will also be available from agencies such as Planned Parenthood and Mist-on Tanning. Drug and alcohol abuse will be addressed by the representatives from the Northeast Highway Safety Program who will give students the opportunity to wear simulation goggles that give the sensation of being "under the influence."

Individuals attending the Health Awareness Day are encouraged to take time to donate blood. The American Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive in the gymnasium from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Most people, who are at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in generally good health can donate blood. Many medications are acceptable for blood donors. If you have eligibility questions please call 1-800-GIVE LIFE or visit http://www.givelife.org/.

For more information on Health Awareness Day, contact Linda McDade at 570-675-9250 or LCM14@PSU.EDU or Ina Lubin at 570-675-9251 or IKL1@PSU.EDU.

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