UMES to host Health and Wellness Festival(2)

  • Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    Event offers free health screenings

    PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - (April 5, 2011)The University of Maryland Eastern Shore hosts its 13th annual Health and Wellness Festival on Monday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Services Center ballroom.  Over 50 businesses, community agencies, health organizations and university representatives will promote healthy living and prevention through informational exhibits and screenings.          

    "People get caught up in their daily life and work and often sideline matters of their own health and wellness," said Janet Mutschler, event planner and director of clinical education in the UMES Department of Physical Therapy.  The event highlights the wonderful resources and providers available on Delmarva, she said.  Last year, the event attracted over 350 members of the community and campus.  Mutschler hopes even more will take advantage of the opportunity this year.

    Local health organizations such as Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Atlantic General Hospital, McCready Foundation and the Somerset County Health Department will take part in the health fair along with others. 

    Many health-related areas of the university will also be a part of the day's activities.  Within the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at UMES, the departments of Physical Therapy, Exercise Science, Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Services and Physician Assistant will participate.  Also taking part are the Charles R. Drew Student Health Center, the UMES Health & Wellness Center and the Dietetics Program at UMES.

    A variety of free screenings will be offered including blood pressure, blood glucose, fitness, body composition, strength, balance and posture. Participants can take part in interactive demonstrations and have a chance at door prizes awarded throughout the day. 

    The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Prevention Center at UMES sponsors this free event.  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