MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Second-year students at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy showed Sundale Nursing Home residents that health fairs can be fun, as well as informative. The pharmacy students provided health screenings and presented information to the residents about managing their health during a carnival-themed health fair on Saturday, March 6.

Free blood pressure, blood glucose, body fat analysis and bone density screenings were provided for the residents. Health information presentations on topics such as medication disposal, dental care, influenza, pain management, heartburn awareness, poison prevention and immunizations took place throughout the afternoon.

A medication review was also provided and event attendees were encouraged to bring any medications or supplements they were currently taking to speak with the student pharmacists about interactions or treatment for a specific health need.

Residents who attended the event also had a variety of fun activities from which to choose. Many played Wii fitness games, learned about healthy food choices at the Spin the Wheel nutrition game and participated in a low-impact exercise session.

The students were partnered with Sundale Nursing Home through the Center for Civic Engagement as part of their Introductory Pharmacy Experience (IPPE) service learning curriculum.

Kellyn Cole gives a Sundale resident a prize at the Spin the Wheel

Photo caption: Second-year pharmacy student Kellyn Cole gives a Sundale resident a prize at the Spin the Wheel nutrition game.

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For more information: Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy, 304-293-7192