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Student club sponsors April 5 community health fair

03-28-2014

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Free general medical advice, wellness screenings and health-related information are among the high points of “Spring into Health,” the second annual Community Health and Wellness Fair, sponsored by the Sac State student organization Hmong Health Alliance.

The event, which runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the University Union Ballroom, is open to the public but primarily targets Sacramento State students and their families, says chair Steven Samuels, a graduating senior who is majoring in biomedical sciences.

A variety of student groups from across campus expect to provide services to several hundred attendees. For instance, the Hmong Health Alliance (HHA) will offer information on Hepatitis B, the Future Pharmacist Student Organization will educate about sunscreen use, and the School of Nursing will provide blood pressure testing and blood glucose screening.

In addition, Delta Epsilon Mu members will talk about soft drinks and alternatives, and the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Joint Council will offer some ideas for stress relief. And, the Sac State Pre-Dental Association is bringing in dentists to provide basic screenings and consultations.

HHA is a registered student organization at Sac State. Its mission is to provide academic support, community-based internship opportunities, leadership skills and research possibilities for pre-health students of all ethnicities.

Along with Samuels, Khoua Vang, a sophomore pre-med student, is an integral part of the event’s planning and fundraising leadership. Twenty active HHA members serve on the planning committee.

More than 400 people attended the inaugural health and wellness fair in May 2013, which provided more than $100,000 worth of screenings, materials and services, Samuels says. That event earned special recognition from the California State Assembly, Sacramento County, the City of Sacramento and Sacramento State’s Associated Students Inc., and several awards from Sac State’s Student Organizations and Leadership.

“Despite our many awards and accomplishments, we are most proud that, after many months of planning, we were able to touch so many lives in our community,” Samuels says.

Parking for the event is free in Parking Structure II.

For more information about “Spring into Health,” send an email to health.fair.hha@gmail.com. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Office of Public Affairs at (916) 278-6156. – Dixie Reid