The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 24, 2013

Health fair to focus on disease prevention

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— The UC-Beckley physician assistant program will host a community health fair Tuesday to educate the Beckley community about disease prevention.

The event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library in the Learning Resource Center, 512 S. Kanawha St.

The health fair will include presentations about tobacco cessation, abstinence and sexually transmitted diseases, breast health and cancer screening, Alzheimer’s awareness and information on alcohol abuse from the physician assistants.

Healthy eating, oral health, safe driving, drunk driving, domestic violence and sexual assault will also be discussed.

Armando Guerrero, a physician assistant student at UC-Beckley, proposed the idea for the event.

“Primary prevention of disease is a focus of the physician assistant and in order to better serve our community, our class would like to hold a community health fair event,” Guerrero said.

Several programs from UC-Beckley and the Beckley community will join the health fair, including the diagnostic medical sonography program, radiology technician and occupational therapy department and the Women’s Resource Center.

Play dates and Lunch Socials (PALS), a local community group for mothers and local law enforcement, will also be on site.

Local high school students, mostly seniors, are urged to come and participate.

For parents who would like to bring their children, balloon animals will be made free of charge.

“We would also like to focus on UC’s effort to fill the gaps in health care through its education program, as well as let the community know about the resources that UC-Beckley has to offer,” Guerrero added.

For more information, call 304-721-1221.