The Daily Express

Owens Community College Hosts "Care Fair for Health"

Owens Occupational Therapy Assistant student, Marie Robleski (left) of Elmore, discusses volunteer opportunities with Mobile Meals of Toledo Inc. to Amanda Dubbs of Toledo during “Care Fair for Health” Area residents and more than 500 high schools students learned about ways to make their lives healthier as Owens Community College recently hosted its annual "Care Fair for Health 2002".

"Care Fair for Health was once again a huge success," said Lee Grinonneau, Owens Care Fair for Health Committee Chairman. "Throughout the day, individuals of all ages were able take advantage of the health services and advice offered by Northwest Ohio's premiere health care community."

Grinonneau added, "The collaboration between Owens Community College and Northwest Ohio's health care community has proven to be a very beneficial initiative. We look forward to continuing our partnerships and the mission of promoting health awareness among the area communities."

Throughout the day, attendees picked up vital information from nearly 50 health displays on many topics, including cancer detection and prevention, CPR, organ and tissue donation and health appraisals. The high school students explored a variety of health care careers, including dental hygiene, nursing, radiology, occupational therapy and physical therapy assistant and surgical technology.

In addition, individuals took advantage of the opportunity to get flu and pneumonia vaccines, which were offered through the Visiting Nurse Service.

Among the many organizations on hand from the health care community included Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Area Office on Aging, Mobile Meals of Toledo and the Medical College of Ohio/Mercy. In addition, blood sugar screenings and diabetes education information was provided by the St. Charles/Mercy Mobile Health Van, while St. Luke's Hospital offered tobacco education and smoking cessation program information. Individuals also viewed Promedica Health System's helicopter air unit, which was on display during the event.

The College's Student Nurse Association held a healthy bake sale and provided free recipes. Owens nursing students also offered information on the Heimlich maneuver and CPR through a "Choking Charlie" demonstration.

Among the schools in attendance included Penta Career Center, Genoa High School, Toledo Christian High School, Eastwood High School, Ada High School, Wayne Trace High School, Four County Career Center and Clyde High School.

Care Fair for Health was sponsored by the Owens Health Technologies Division's faculty and students.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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