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WSU Spokane health fair to show off fun side of care

Tue., April 1, 2014

On Saturday, students at Washington State University’s Spokane campus are hosting a free family health fair.

Community members can get health screenings, participate in interactive games and science experiments, receive health education and take campus tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building on the Riverpoint campus in downtown Spokane.

“It’s for the whole family, from little kids all the way up to Grandma and Grandpa,” said Lexi Carter, director of outreach and community engagement for the Associated Students of Washington State University Spokane.

“Health care can be fun. We hope the little kids can take an interest in health progressions,” Carter said.

At the germ-washing station, for example, children can cleanse their hands, then see how well they did. They can also watch watermelons smash, with and without helmet protection.

Additionally, participants can get health screenings for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, bone density, body mass index and grip strength testing.

Staffed by students and faculty from the various health sciences programs, the event includes food trucks, educational demonstrations and campus tours.

Participants can see, for example, how nursing students use a mannequin that cries and laughs in the nursing simulation lab.

The goal of the health fair, Carter said, is to provide a community service while raising awareness about the health science programs.

“We wanted to show off what all the different progressions around campus can do,” Carter said. “We can do a lot and it’s good to let the community know how we can impact them… We’re hoping they’ll feel empowered about their health.”

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