Spring 2017 Student Health Fair Designed to Cover Health Topics Useful to Campus and General Community

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Using games to learn more about healthy lifestyles is one way to change bad habits. On Tuesday, April 25, Del Mar College’s Nurse Education Department and 38 Level I nursing students will host fun, interactive activities to showcase concepts they studied this semester during a Student Health Fair.

“The Level I Nursing Health Fair showcases our students’ knowledge and skills to promote healthy habits and to cover healthcare topics,” says Dr. Donna Huddleston, associate professor of nurse education. “The fair focuses on ethnic, culture and diverse populations. The whole community is welcome to attend.”

The FREE fair runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Harvin Student Center on the College’s East Campus at Ayers Street and Baldwin Blvd., including Virtual Dementia Tours. The tours continue 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Room 113 of Health Sciences Building 1 on the West Campus at Old Brownsville and Airport Roads. All event activities are open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Huddleston at 361-698-2874 or dhuddleston@delmar.edu.

Because seating is limited during the Virtual Dementia Tours, interested individuals are asked to register online at www.secondwind.org/virtual-dementia-tour

Among featured fair activities is a hopscotch memory game demonstrating the need for nutrition and oxygen as participants hop throughout the course. Other activities include shooting hoops for mobility, an interactive activity focused on a Gatorade hydration demonstration to showcase the importance of fluid and electrolytes; playing fun Wii activities that include wearing beer goggles and a Breathalyzer test simulation to emphasize the concepts of elimination, metabolism and clinical judgment; and taking part in a nursing student simulation designed to raise awareness of motor difficulties associated with Parkinson’s disease and functional ability and patient-centered care. Organizers will also offer basic health screenings of vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate and others.

A key highlight is the Virtual Dementia Tour, a simulated experience only available in the Coastal Bend at Del Mar College. The tour raises awareness about the needs of this vulnerable population while showcasing concepts of coping and human development. Families, companies and organizations dealing with individuals with dementia can gain greater understanding about the reality of those affected by the disease. 

The Area Agency on Aging of the Coastal Bend also will be on-hand during activities on both campuses to provide community resources about dementia.

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