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April 16, 2008
By Zanny Marsh
The University’s Center for Student Cultural Diversity invites students and members of the community to the Joe Crowley Student Union for the first Minority Health Fair, April 24 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Representatives from 23 health care providers, clubs and community services will distribute information, perform free health screenings and engage participants in discussion about the importance of good health.
“Members of minority communities are typically at much greater risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and HIV,” said Joel Bolling, a student activities specialist at the University. “But access to services discourages many people from seeking the help that they may need.”
Participating groups include the State of Nevada Health Department, Office of Minority Health, Women’s Health Connection Program, Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada and the University’s Student Nutrition Club.
There will be a variety of health and fitness activities throughout the day including free HIV testing, yoga class, and a salsa/tango lesson and demonstration.
“It’s important to address concerns such as the transmission of HIV/AIDS, health care ethics and policies, and immunizations at this event,” Bolling said. “We also want the Health Fair to be fun and encourage interaction with participants, so we’re offering a free yoga class, tango and salsa dancing demonstrations, and games during the day. Maintaining your health is serious but getting educated about it doesn’t have to be.”
The event is free, and members of the general community are welcome to attend.
The Center for Student Cultural Diversity and the Nevada Center for Ethics and Health Policy, also housed at the University, are event sponsors.