Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Loyola University Chicago Students to Celebrate Day of the Dead by Teaching about Bone Health

Students and faculty to hold health fairs at area schools

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Chicago nursing, dietetic, medical and graduate students and faculty will celebrate the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, by teaching the community about bone health at two upcoming fairs. Loyola students will spend this holiday, which honors the deceased using skulls and skeletons, to educate adolescents and young adults about developing healthy bones through diet and lifestyle choices. They also will provide older adults with information about bone health screening guidelines.

“Young people typically are not concerned with their bone health,” said Sandi Tenfelde, PhD, RN, WHNP, assistant professor, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON). “These fairs will expose them to information that will encourage them to make positive diet and lifestyle choices to protect their bones.”

One fair will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School at 1852 W. 22nd Place in Chicago. The other will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, at St. Procopius Holy Trinity School at 1641 S. Allport St. in Chicago.

“The health fairs offer an outlet for underserved populations to obtain valuable resources, which they might not otherwise receive,” said Gail Hanson, MSN, RN, assistant professor, MNSON. “They also provide our students with a great opportunity to collaborate with the community to begin to understand the unique needs of their future patients.”

The bone health exhibits will include a tasting station where students can sample and learn about different types of milk. Attendees also will receive information about the importance of calcium and vitamin D for strong bones. Other topics Loyola students and faculty will cover include diabetes prevention, heart health, smoking cessation, dangers of drunken driving, stress reduction, yoga and pelvic floor health.

“We make the health fairs entertaining to engage students and the community with valuable information while also giving them access to screenings and care,” Dr. Tenfelde said. “Bringing our services beyond the walls of the health system gives students and those without regular medical care healthy-living strategies to maintain their health.”

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.