March 13, 2012
An Ounce of Prevention
students focus on preventative health care March 16
Released by Ashley Wray, UFV
health care is always better than maintenance. That's the underlying
message UFV nursing students will be delivering at an upcoming
health fair at Cottonwood Mall in Chilliwack.
On Friday, March 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., students will be
offering information on numerous topics, from children's health to
diabetes and osteoporosis.
Students will be presenting details on their selected topics through
posters, quizzes and pamphlets. Others will be offering interactive
opportunities, such as blood pressure tests. They will also be
suggesting community resources for those interested in seeking
"The point is to engage different ages of the community," said UFV
nursing instructor Sandra Flynn. "The health fair is a great
opportunity to engage people in health promotion, and to focus on
something relevant to the community."
The health fair has been taking place in Abbotsford and Chilliwack
for approximately 13 years, said Flynn, with one event running in
the spring and another in the fall.
This time, they're focusing on a wide range of topics, which will be
presented throughout the day. The topics are: diabetes prevention,
vegetables for kids, preventing high blood pressure, sun protection,
caring for children's teeth, preventing osteoporosis, deterring kids
from alcohol abuse, the impact of yo-yo dieting, whooping cough, and
nutrition among the elderly.
"From young adults to the elderly, the topics are relevant across
the lifespan," said Flynn. ""The overall target is prevention versus
management. Prevention is always the better option when trying to
live the healthiest lifestyle possible."
There are endless possibilities when it comes to preventive health,
added Flynn, whether it's modifying diet or one's lifestyle for a
While the health fair is a rich source of information for the
community, it also provides UFV students an opportunity to practise
what they've learned in the classroom.
Nursing student Candice Nolan and her group will be discussing
diabetes prevention as they feel it's a particularly important issue
"We want to empower and enable people to increase control over, and
to improve their health," said Nolan. "The goal of the fair is to
educate, learn from, and build a stronger relationship with the
community. This will generate better health for everyone."
For more information about the event, contact Sandra Flynn via
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