Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 8, 2013

TVCC Health Fair set for Wednesday

Jennifer Hannigan
The Athens Review

Athens — The nursing students at Trinity Valley Community College are working to keep the community healthy by providing information on relevant health topics.

Each year, sophomore nursing students host a health fair for the public. This year’s TVCC Health Fair is set for 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday in the plaza in front of the Student Union Building on the Athens campus.

With inclement weather in the forecast for Wednesday, there is a plan in place to move the event inside in case of rain. The health fair will take place in the ballroom on the second floor of the Student Union Building if the weather turns soggy.

The fair will provide information and resources on a variety of topics, such as high blood pressure, immunizations, heart health, diabetes and smoking cessation.

TVCC sophomore Hayley Kent of Canton, one of the students working on a booth for this year’s fair, said the fair serves several purposes. It is as an assignment for sophomore students to help make them more aware of relevant health topics, it helps the community get information, and it serves as a way to refer patients to an event where they can get information on various health topics.

The fair will be made up of about 30 booths. Each booth, said Kent, is put together by a team of five sophomores. The teams are assigned topics and spend several weeks researching and gathering information.

“All the topics have practical applications in everyday life. My team’s booth is personal response to an active shooter situation,” said Kent. “And with everything that’s been going on, it’s important.”

Kent said in the past few weeks, her team has been working to gather information about how those involved in an active shooter situation in a public location can be more aware of their surroundings and take steps to react if a situation occurs.

Elyzabeth Reyes, a sophomore from Canton, said her booth involves information about poison control.

“We have examples,” said Reyes. “Like we put a bottle of blue Gatorade next to a bottle of Windex and they look exactly the same.”

When thinking about potential poisons in the home, she noted, it’s important to remember there are many chemicals that may look like an edible substance to a child.

A blood drive will also be held in conjunction with the TVCC Health Fair. Those who would like to donate should bring a driver’s license, be at least 18 years of age and in good health. The blood drive will take place in the faculty parking lot on the east side of the plaza.