Several more organizations have signed on to partner with the Northern Marianas College's Nursing Club to host the upcoming Health Fair.
These include the Commonwealth Cancer Association, Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems' Big Steps Little Feet Program, Marianas Eye Institute, Hardt Eye Clinic, the Seventh-Day Adventist Clinic, Saipan Health Clinic, Take Care Insurance, Island Apparel, Tropical Blends, Foremost, Hyatt Regency Saipan, Pacific Island's Club, Fiesta Resort and Spa Saipan, and Trench Tech.
All community members are invited to the Health Fair on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, from 8am to 3pm at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center. The purpose of the Health Fair is to increase awareness about healthy lifestyle habits and practices.
The Health Fair activities will run from 8am until 3pm, but will also feature a 5K Walk starting at 6:30am. Registration for the 5K Walk will be from 6:30am to 7:30am, and there will be incentives for participants while supplies last. Entrance to the Health Fair and the 5K Walk is free.
The Health Fair is also supported by the Let's Move Marianas Campaign, the College Access Challenge Grant, Area Health Education Center, the Associated Student of the Northern Marianas College, and the Office of the Dean of Student Services.
In addition to the exhibits, there will be games and information booths, as well as free immunizations, screenings for blood pressure, height and weight, and blood glucose. There will also be various presentations and fitness classes from organizations like the Cooperative Research Extension and Educational Services' Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, GetFit CNMI, and Trench Tech. The American Red Cross will also demonstrate CPR techniques, and the event will also feature a lecture on Hansen's disease by Dr. Daniel Lamar.
The Department of Public Health will be giving immunizations from 8am to 11am. If you are planning to come down for immunizations, be there no later than 10:45am and bring your child's yellow immunization card or any other records of immunization given.
Participants may also purchase one-dollar raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes like dental exams from Seventh-Day Adventist Clinic, eye exams from Marianas Eye Institute and gift certificates from Tropical Blends and other companies. Funds raised will be donated to the NMC's Nursing Club to purchase lancets and other supplies used for community service projects.
Members in the community can also learn about the various health service programs including the Women, Infants, and Children program, which provides nutritional assistance to women and children under the age of 5.
Interested community members and businesses are encourage to donate used dresses, tuxedos, shoes, accessories, and bags to the Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence's Project PROM during the Health Fair.
“Our goal for this Health Fair is to increase awareness and the importance of living a healthier lifestyle by eating the right types of food and becoming more physically active,” said NMC Nursing Club president Carina Train. “This is also a wonderful opportunity to expose yourself and your children to the different resources available in the CNMI.”
For additional information about the Health Fair, contact Train at 234-5498 Ext. 1346. (NMC)