Friday, April 25, 2008

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Hosts Annual Health Fair

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 Nursing’s 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.

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.