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Faculty, staff, students to take part in Community Health Fair

February 3, 2014

Indiana State University faculty, staff and students will join in a community-wide effort to keep Wabash Valley residents healthy during the eighth annual Terre Haute Community Health Fair.

The event is scheduled for Sunday (Feb. 9) from 1 - 5 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 924. N. 13th Street. This year's event will include more than 60 exhibitors and screeners, all with information regarding important medical issues, prevention and treatment.

Participating Indiana State University programs and the services they will be offering are:

• Applied health sciences department dietetics program, nutrition and wellness

• Applied medicine and rehabilitation department, massage therapy

• Baccalaureate nursing department, lead screening for children

• Employee Wellness Program, worksite wellness

• Psychology Clinic, mental health information

• Student Health Promotion, sexual violence prevention

• West Central Indiana Area Health Education Center, information about health careers

Other scheduled exhibitors include the Alzheimer's Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters/CHANCES for Indiana Youth, Breastfeeding Coalition of the Wabash Valley, Children's Bureau, Council on Domestic Abuse, Indiana attorney general's office, Indiana Rural Health Association, Ivy Tech Community College's associate degree nursing program, Mental Health America of Vigo County, Minority Health Coalition, National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, Ovar'coming Together, Purdue Extension, Southwestern Indiana Respiratory Disease Program, Terre Haute Humane Society, Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department, Union Hospital Diabetes Education Center, Vigo County Crime Victim Assistance Program, Vigo County Health Department and Vigo County Public Library.

Several private health care providers will also be on hand, including those specializing in chiropractic, dentistry, gerontology, hearing care, home health care and hospice. In addition to information about local organizations and services, the health fair will offer educational exhibits about personal health, fitness classes, massage therapy and free health screenings. Other free screenings this year include blood pressure, blood sugar, blood typing and cholesterol, depression, hearing, vision and glaucoma. The Indiana Blood Center's Bloodmobile will also be at the event. The health fair will also feature children's' activities, raffles and free snacks and beverages.

Second year medical students at the Indiana University School of Medicine-Terre Haute started the health fair in 2005 as a service project to utilize their growing medical knowledge and give back to the community. More information about the 2014 Terre Haute Health Fair is at

Photo: - Vanessa Ramirez, a senior athletic training major and masssage therapy minor at Indiana State University, performs a massage during the Terre Haute Community Health Fair Feb. 17, 2013 as Charlie Peebles, coordinator of the university's massage therapy program, looks on. Massage therapy students will be among university representatives participating in the 2014 Health Fair on Feb. 9. (ISU/Rachel Keyes)