Proviso East High School students get healthy tips, advice and information
MAYWOOD, Ill. -- More than 1,500 high school students were treated to a variety of health promotion interventions and tips for healthy living during a health fair sponsored by Loyola University's Niehoff School of Nursing at Proviso East High School in Maywood.
The annual event is a component of the primary health care and health promotion services provided by the School of Nursingâs School-based Health Center located within the high school.
The two-day fair featured a variety of booths with health information, demonstrations, and take home items to encourage risk reduction and positive life style choices. School of Nursing dietetic interns whipped up hundreds of smoothies as examples of healthy food choices. Other events featured demonstrations of the harmful effects of tobacco, cancer prevention, goggles that simulated the dangers of drunk driving, a video dance game to encourage exercise, yoga instructions and information on brushing and flossing along with free dental care supplies.
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine students and faculty teamed up with Niehoff students, faculty and School-Based Health Center staff and school personnel for the event. Also participating were the Cook County Department of Public Health with information on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, and a number of community groups which focused on skill building for conflict resolution and increasing self-esteem.
"The School-based Health Center staff, Loyola nursing, dietetic and medical school students and community volunteers ought to be commended for putting on a very successful health fair at Proviso East High School," said Diana Hackbarth, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, professor, Niehoff School of Nursing and Project Director. .
"We are so grateful for the commitment of Loyola administrators, faculty, staff and students and the federal, state and private foundations that give the funds to support the School-based Health Center and our annual health fair," she added.