JSU hosted its 12th annual Health Fair on September 11th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the TMB auditorium. The fair was a joint effort between different organizations such as Counseling Services, JSU Peer Educators, Health Services Center and University Housing and Residence Life.
“It’s about an opportunity to bring all these different organizations and services under one roof, and hope that students will come by and gather information and be equipped to stay more healthy,” said Director of Counseling and Disability Support Services Julie Nix.
Various booths from different organizations around Alabama were set up around the auditorium for students to visit.
Organizations such as the American Red Cross, Sickle Cell Foundation, and 2nd Chance, Inc. were present.
There were also different school organizations present, such as the JSU NAACP chapter, RMC Student Health Center and various fraternities.
Examples of services and information include the Central Alabama chapter of the Sickle Cell Foundation, which provided free testing for sickle cell anemia.
HIV/AIDS testing, blood pressure checks, pressure point massages, asthma screenings, lung volume screenings, bone density screenings and depression screenings were also available.
Sarrell Dental, a non-profit dental practice that offers services to children ages 1-20, was also present.
Chiropractor Dr. David Wade and A Better Body Chiropractic were present.
There was also information on depression from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
One of the largest organizations, the Alabama Department of Public Health, was providing pamphlets containing information about STDs and birth control options.
The ADPH also demonstrated the harmful effects of tobacco with the use of a tar-filled jar.
Food and refreshments were provided by the Peer Educators of Counseling Services. “We are pretty much the hands of the fair. We do a lot of the setting up, the cleaning up and making sure the tables get to the vendors,” said Jade Scott, Peer Educator Coordinator.