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Published 10/11/2004

High School Students Learn About Health At Owens Community College

Kristie Haley (left) Regional Recruiter for Concept Rehab Inc. discusses career opportunities with (left to right) Sylvania Southview High School student Adam Hefner of Sylvania and Sylvania Northview High School student Katie Slomka of Sylvania during Care Fair for Health 2004 at Owens. More than 500 high school juniors and seniors learned about ways to make their lives more enjoyable through healthy living as Owens Community College recently hosted Care Fair for Health 2004.

"Owens Community College is excited to once again host an event dedicated to educating students about our nation's growing health concerns," said Lee Grinonneau, Owens Care Fair for Health Committee Chairman. "Care Fair for Health is a great opportunity for high school students to be exposed to a variety of careers within health care."

Grinonneau added, "Throughout the day, students were able to take advantage of the health services and advice offered by Northwest Ohio's premiere health care community."

Attendees had the opportunity to pickup vital information from more than 60 health displays on many topics, including cancer detection and prevention, CPR, organ and tissue donation and health appraisals. High school students also explored health care careers in dental hygiene, nursing, medical imaging, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant and surgical technology, among others.

Organizations on hand from the health care community included the Flower Hospital Cancer Center, St. Luke's Hospital, Mobile Meals of Toledo and the Northwest Ohio Regional Genetics Center. In addition, The St. Vincent/Mercy Medical Center provided blood sugar screenings and diabetes education information. Individuals also viewed Promedica Health System's helicopter air unit, which was on display in the Student Health and Activities Center parking lot during the event.

The Owens Student Nurse Association held a healthy bake sale, while Owens nursing students offered information on the Heimlich maneuver and CPR through a "Choking Charlie" demonstration.

Local high schools attending the event included Clay High School, Erie High School, Lakota High School, Liberty Center High School, Libbey High School, Patrick Henry High School, Penta Career Center, Sentinel Career Center, Sylvania Northview High School, Sylvania Southview High School, Toledo Christian High School, Wauseon High School, Whitmer High School, Willard High School and Woodward High School.

The Care Fair event was sponsored by the Owens Health Technologies' faculty and students and occurred in the College's Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher education institution in Ohio with 29 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay- area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, 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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