The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 27, 2013

UC-Beckley PA students host health fair, provide wealth of information

By Wendy Holdren
The Register-Herald

BECKLEY — The UC-Beckley physician assistant program hosted a community health fair Tuesday, offering a wealth of information on a number of health topics.

Armando Guerrero, a PA student in his last year, said the students wanted to find a common need in the community.

Multiple booths were set up in the library in the Learning Resource Center at UC-Beckley to offer health education to all ages.

Information was provided about smoking cessation. Guerrero said in many studies, he has found that kids between the ages of 12 and 15 are most likely to start smoking, but it is possible to stop at any age.

Other booths included information on STD prevention, dental health, breast cancer and testicular cancer detection, Alzheimer’s awareness, and much more.

A DUI test was given at one booth, where participants were asked to put on “beer goggles” based on the number of drinks they typically consume. They were asked to walk a straight line, with their arms by their sides, to see if they could pass the sobriety test.

Guerrero said few people were able to pass the test, which highlights the importance of remaining sober behind the wheel.

The Women’s Resource Center also joined the event to educate the community about domestic violence and the resources available to victims.

Guerrero said it took the students several months to put the event together and learning more about these topics has helped better prepare them for patient interaction in their careers.

He said the health fair had always been an annual Mountain State University event and he believes UC-Beckley will continue with the model.