NIC nursing students host Whole Person Health Fair

North Idaho College nursing students have a natural interest in public health and the student nursing association is always seeking community service projects to reach out to the community. So when the North Idaho Parish Nurse Association approached the student nurses to take over the organizing of the Whole Person Health Fair, formerly held annually at the First Presbyterian Church, the students took the opportunity. NIC's nursing students are partnering with NIC's Aging and Adult Services to sponsor this year's Whole Person Health Fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 in the Edminster Student Union Building on NIC's main campus. The event will include more than 50 booths offering health information pertaining to attendees from infants to the elderly. Attendees will also have the chance to win door prizes and participate in raffles for prizes such as a stay at the Coeur d'Alene Resort and a $250 gift certificate to Lakewood Aesthetic. A series of screenings will be held at the fair including bone density, hearing, diabetes, spinal and scoliosis exams, tongue and pulse diagnosis, antioxidant, medication education and blood pressure screenings. Cholesterol screenings are free to the first 100 people age 60 and older. A $10 fee is required for others and those being screened must fast for 12 hours prior to the screening. An insurance card and appointment is required for mammograms, performed on site in the Sacred Heart Women's Mobile Clinic. Speakers will also present information on the hour throughout the day on such topics as Multiple Sclerosis, hypnotherapy, the Ronald McDonald House, energy healing and a presentation from a cancer survivor. A blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will benefit the Inland Northwest Blood Center and the American Red Cross Bloodmobile. Kids will enjoy entertainment from clowns with the Kootenai Medical Center Smile Squad and face painting. Kids can also bring their dolls or teddy bears in for a checkup during the teddy bear clinic. Kootenai Medical Center's van services will provide transportation for the elderly or disabled. Admission to the health fair is free. Health fair and transportation information: (208) 769-3485.

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Nursing Instructor Sharon Tomlinson, (208) 769-7767

Posted: Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004

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