Health Awareness Event Encourages Healthy Practices and Preventions

When it comes to being aware of how the body works and how to keep oneself healthy, it seems that plenty of students are blissfully unaware of the harms that the body can attract.

Before the doors even opened, students hurried to grab a spot on line for the Student Event room for their Health Awareness Day event. Hosted by the Future Nurses club and Health office on April 11, Nursing students donned their scrubs and scrambled to their booths to welcome incoming students to the joys of learning about the human body.

There were several different health booths, some of which included: acupuncture, HIV awareness and prevention, diabetes awareness, skin cancer awareness, and so on.

One of the first booths by the door was the HIV prevention booth, where nursing students were kindly offering students condoms with a little pamphlet about safe sex and HIV prevention. Behind this booth was the Planned Parenthood booth, where students were encouraged to take a grab-bag full of condoms and a few packets of lube.

But why is an event like this even needed?

“Having this fair every semester will have people more aware and conscious of their bodies and their lives so we can teach our patients to be well because every year medicine is changing,” said Tahler Cambriell, co-chief of the Future Nurses Club.

“Prevention is key,” said Rob farabaugh, co-Chief of the Future Nurses Club.

The more popular booths were the massage therapist in the corner of the room, where students succumbed to the skillful touch of massage therapist, Jonathan Thaler, for a few minutes. Then there was the acupuncture booth, where students could have sterilized needles placed in their ears by professional acupuncturist, Patrick Studley. Many students watched on curiously as Studley disinfected his patients ears and pushed needles through one of their ears in different areas.

One of the booths that caught some was the anxiety awareness booth, which had helpful information about what anxiety and depression are and ways one can cope with them.

“People tend to be aware when they’re experiencing depression and anxiety,” said Jouberte Durandisse. “People are aware but their awareness is sometimes put aside and it normalizes it. We have some workshops for anxiety and we invite students to come to Wellness Thursday; It informs students of strategies and techniques to help them.

Another booth that grabbed attention was the skin cancer awareness booth. The booth had several different pictures of skin moles that one should look out for, and how concerning they are. There was also pamphlets explaining what skin cancer is and how one can lower their risk of getting skin cancer.

“I don’t think that people are really aware of how important it is to prevent skin cancer,” said Stephanie Villa, a WCC nursing student. “People should try to wear sunblock and a hat everyday, especially during the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. because that’s when the sun is strongest.”

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