Co-Lin fair provides healthy options

Published 12:05 am Monday, November 4, 2013

Take some time to get healthy by joining us from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday for the annual Co-Lin Health Fair.

The fair will be in the wellness center on campus, located in the Tom Reed Academic Center between the cafeteria and the bookstore. A wide variety of health screenings, information and demonstrations will be available for free, so help us spread the word.

High blood pressure is a symptom of many health issues, so our Co-Lin practical nursing students will be providing blood pressure checks. Also, our respiratory care technology students will be providing scoliosis screenings to detect a curvature of the spine.

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Psychology instructor Joe Swoveland will distribute a depression screening that you can complete at the health fair or take with you and complete at your leisure.

Math instructor Amanda Hood will be on hand to help participants calculate their body mass index, which is a calculation that uses your height and weight to estimate how much body fat you have.

Too much body fat is a problem because it can lead to illnesses and other health problems.

There will also be many services and organizations from around the community participating in the health fair.

Air Evac Lifeteam will have their helicopter on site for viewing, and American Medical Response will have an ambulance available for tours. The Mississippi Health Department will have information about family planning and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.

Adams County Health Department will have a nutritionist on hand to distribute information about healthy eating. Southwest Mississippi Mental Health Center’s Abby Goldblatt will be sharing information about the dangers of underage alcohol consumption and prescription drug abuse.

The Natchez Children’s Home will be distributing materials about child abuse prevention.

Is there more? Yes! Jefferson Comprehensive Medical will present Dr. Tuminello, who will provide information regarding skin cancer.

There will be dental supplies available provided by Dr. Craig Bradford. The Lions Club of Natchez has agreed to conduct vision screenings, and Susan Bone from WebMD will answer questions about what ages are appropriate for what health screenings.

Judy Wiggins will be holding a silver sneakers demonstration, which are exercises geared toward seniors. And for state employees, Catamaran will be available to discuss prescription coverage and active health will discuss weight and disease management.

Be sure to stop by Team Co-Lin’s Relay for Life booth and support the American Cancer Society by buying a cookbook!

Focus on your health and do yourself a favor by coming by the Co-Lin Health Fair on Wednesday and bring a friend!


Melinda Laird is the business and marketing management technology instructor at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.