Health, Wellness day set for DSU
by Rory Doyle
Sep 14, 2012 | 2475 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Healthy Campus/Community Initiative of Delta State University’s College of Education will host the eighth annual Delta Health and Wellness Day on Sept. 27.

The event will be housed in DSU's Walter Sillers Coliseum from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The initiative had previously been held at the Bolivar County Expo Center, where it drew in over 1,000 attendees.

The large health fair offers free screenings, educational outreach and access to health care for all Mississippi Deltans.

All fair services will be free and open to the public. 

Katrina Taylor, assistant coordinator for initiative, said she's looking forward to this year's schedule

"We highly encourage everyone to attend," said Taylor. "Most people can't afford to go to the doctor with a huge list of screenings they want done. The good thing about our fair is that people will be able to receive checkups in so many areas."

Available screenings will include: asthma; blood glucose; blood pressure; body mass; bone density; breast exams; cholesterol; dental; depression/anxiety; hearing; weight loss; memory loss; peripheral vascular; spinal alignment; vision; and much more.

Department Chair of the Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at DSU Tim Colbert said he's happy all fair activities will take place on the campus.

"It's really going to work out well having everything on campus," said Colbert. "This should make things more convenient for everyone."

Colbert and Taylor said the initiative is another step in spreading health awareness in the Delta.

“Healthy Campus/Community Initiative staff are determined to meet the needs of our community," said Taylor. "Delta Health and Wellness Day is just one of many ways we plan to reach out this year.

“If change is going to come, the entire community will have to pitch in, and that is exactly what DHWD will bring to our community."

This year's schedule includes three primary components:

• An area where exhibitors of health-related organizations perform free screenings. Health care professionals, nonprofits and others set up display booths and provide information and services to the public;

• A Kids’ Korner where fourth and fifth grade students have scoliosis checks, participate in health-related activities and receive valuable information on healthy eating, nutrition, exercise, and safety; and

• A Teen Zone for all 10th-graders from Bolivar County and surrounding counties. Students will be bussed in for a day of fitness activities, healthy eating/thinking/decision-making and positive thinking. Teens will focus on mental, physical and emotional health.

Other initiative programs include Court Street to Cleveland, in-school nutrition education, Fit-Tastic Fridays, a mini-conference on health for local educators, OKRA Camp and nutritional and fitness counseling.

The initiative, now in its fourth year, is funded by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

For more information contact Katrina Taylor at (662)-846-4572 or ktaylor@deltastate.edu.