Kent State University at Geauga College of Nursing Health and Wellness Fair Reaches Out to Promote Good HealthPosted April 4, 2011
Senior nursing students in the Community Health Nursing specialty at Kent State University at Geauga held a community health and wellness fair on Wednesday, March 16, at Kent State Geauga in Burton. A wide variety for community agencies participated in the popular event, including: the Department on Aging, Visiting Angels, River of Life, WIC, MRC, Briar Hill, Mental Health Association, Lake Geauga Recovery, Geauga Medical Center Orthopedics, Parkside Care Corps and the Middlefield Library. Four Kent State departments also participated by hosting information tables: the Library, Student Services, Geauga Student Nurse Association and the College of Public Health.Six majors or disciplines were represented with student poster presentations; psychology, sociology, nutrition, microbiology, geology and nursing. The students researched health related topics and designed posters bringing theory to practice, sharing information with the public visitors at the fair. The senior nursing students researched topics related to the health of the people in the local community, presented information on health promotion and disease prevention and conducted health screenings such as blood pressure, pulse oximetry readings, height and weight measurements and body mass index calculations.
Along with the screenings the students offered suggestions on how to improve the participant's health such as increasing activity, follow up with health care providers and improving health through better food choices.
The event was very well attended, and the students' work was well received. To continue to reach community members, the students will take their poster presentations to area senior centers to share their research throughout the month of April.