R-CCC Reaching Out to Promote Healthy Living

 

On Tuesday, November 7, 2012, Roanoke-Chowan Community College held its bi-Annual Health Fair in the Freeland Building Community Room. The fair was as much a social event as it was a health event.  The objective was to increase awareness about potential health problems and to form a bridge to remove barriers that would otherwise prevent individuals from seeking health care assistance.  Attendees had direct access to multiple health care agencies in our community.  There were consultations and life-saving tests for glucose and high blood pressure.  Between 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., attendees enjoyed Zumba and line dancing.  They were also treated to healthy snacks, door prizes, giveaways, chair massages, manicures, and skin care tips– all at no charge.  It was truly a fun filled time for all.  “The fair really accomplished what we had hoped it would,” stated Amy Wiggins, coordinator for the event.  “Participants come to the fair for a variety of reasons.  We wanted to make sure that we covered a great deal of information and had professionals available to answer questions.”  

The fair was a great success, with over 120 staff, students, and visitors attending that day. In regards to participation, Wiggins stated, “Having large numbers at a health fair does not determine success.  If just one person life was positively changed that day, then we were successful.”

A HUGE thank you goes out to everyone who made this health fair possible – all attendees and participating health care agencies, Student Services Staff, Maintenance, Student Government Association, and everyone who helped spread the word!  The agencies reported that they appreciated the opportunity to participate and look forward to participating in future health fairs.

We are planning the next Health Fair for April 18, 2013 in conjunction with Spring Fling, so stay tuned for details – but do not wait until then to get your regular health screenings from your doctor!

Of course, no re-cap could be complete without photos on Facebook and Twitter. Enjoy!

 

 

This article was submitted by Amy Wiggins, Director of Admissions/Student Advisement