Student Health Fair Scheduled Wednesday

OXFORD, Miss. – Students at the University of Mississippi have an opportunity to check their cholesterol, blood pressure and bone density, as well as visit with health care providers, during a health fair Wednesday (Oct. 15).

The fourth annual Ole Miss Student Health Fair is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Union Lobby. It is sponsored by the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management. UM faculty and staff and other community members are also invited.

The purpose of the fair is to increase health awareness through screenings and education, said Allison Ford-Wade, associate professor of health promotion.

“This student health fair provides an opportunity for health screenings, knowledge and hopefully motivation to increase healthy behaviors,” she said. “Students can have their cholesterol, bone density, vision, blood pressure and hearing checked for free. They can also gather information on everything from massage therapy to the appropriate way to wash hands.”

Participants in the fair include UM Student Health Services, UM Speech and Hearing Clinic, Farese Family Dental, American Cancer Society, Baptist Memorial Hospital, American Red Cross and Henderson Chiropractic.

The event offers students a great opportunity to expand their knowledge of health trends and to meet with specialists in all areas of health care, said Kathleen Smith, a senior exercise science major from Atlanta.

“I have helped organize and recruit various health vendors to attend the day of the fair, as well as researched and contacted health companies for pamphlets or samples to promote their area of health work,” she said.

For more information on the fair or for assistance related to a disability, contact Ford-Wade at 662-915-6770 or