UMES hosts Health and Wellness Festival, March 28

  • Friday, March 16, 2012

                                                     

    Event offers free health screenings

    PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - (March 15, 2012)-The University of Maryland Eastern Shore hosts its 14th annual Health and Wellness Festival, Wed., March 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Services Center ballroom.  The event is free and open to the community.

    "Over 50 exhibitors representing community agencies, health organizations, the university and area businesses, will promote healthy living and prevention through exhibits and screenings," Lauresa Wigfall, event coordinator and director of UMES' Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Prevention Program, said.  "All facets of health and wellness will be represented."

    The 2011 event attracted over 400 members of the community and campus, Janet Mutschler, director of clinical education for UMES' Department of Physical Therapy, said.  "We hope that people of all ages will take advantage of the essential health information being offered by professionals in our region."

    Free screenings include blood pressure, blood glucose, fitness, body composition (BMI), strength, flexibility and posture. Participants can also take part in interactive demonstrations throughout the day.   

    Many health-related areas of the university will take part in the day's activities including: the School of Pharmacy and Health Profession's departments of physical therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant, exercise science and rehabilitative services; the dietetics-nutrition program in the department of Human Ecology; the UMES Health and Wellness Center; the Charles R. Drew Health Center; and the UMES Professional Golf Management program.

    The event is sponsored by the university's ATOD program. Call 410-651-6385 for more information.

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    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, gcstephens@umes.edu.  

     

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