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Published 10/4/2005

High School Students Learn About Health at Owens

Dot Barnes (left) nurse recruiter for ProMedica Health System discusses career opportunities with (left to right) Sylvania Northview High School students Carley Chwialkowski of Sylvania and Jalynn Filcek of Sylvania  during Care Fair for Health 2005 at Owens. More than 400 high school juniors and seniors, as well as area residents, learned about ways to make their lives more enjoyable through healthy living as Owens Community College recently hosted Care Fair for Health 2005.

"Owens Community College is excited to once again host an event dedicated to educating area residents and students about our nation's growing health concerns," said Jennifer Irelan, Owens assistant director of Enrollment Services and Care Fair for Health committee co-chair. "Throughout the day, individuals 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, fire safety, mobile meals, nutrition, sleeping disorders, therapeutic horseback riding, sports care and health appraisals. Individuals 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, St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center Burn Care Center, ProMedica Health System Sports Rehabilitation, Maumee Urgent Medical Care Center, Alexis Industrial Medical Center and the Northwest Ohio Regional Genetics Center. Individuals also viewed a medical helicopter air unit, which was on display in the Student Health and Activities Center parking lot during the event.

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

Local high schools attending the event included Carey High School, Delta High School, Fayette High School, Four County Career Center, Liberty Center High School, Libbey High School, Ottawa-Glandorf High School, Penta Career Center, Sentinel Career Center, Summerfield High School, Sylvania Northview High School, Sylvania Southview High School, Vanguard Career Center and Woodward High School.

The Care Fair was sponsored by the Owens School of Health Sciences' faculty and students.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, and 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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