Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College (SKCTC) partnered with the Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU-DCOM) to sponsor a community health fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The event was held at the Administration Building, inside the grille area, at the SKCTC Middlesboro campus located on Chichester Avenue. The event was free to the public, but inclement weather appeared to dampen the expected turnout.
Claiborne County Hospital (CCH) and Nursing Home and University of Tennessee (UT) Extension Family and Consumer Sciences division participated in the event.
CCH offered breast cancer prevention information and pulmonary function testing for those attending.
The UT Extension booth featured nutrition information with emphasis on understanding potential health risk and benefits based on the color of the foods you eat. The booth also gave participants a guide to help lose weight and keep it off.
Participants were able to receive blood pressure checks, glucose testing, height and weight measurements, as well as instructions on how to better communicate with one’s doctor. This information was provided by students from LMU-DCOM.
The LMU-DCOM class of 2016 prepared healthy and easy cooking recipe brochures for participants. The brochure featured six recipes encompassing options for all three daily meals as well as dessert.
DCOM students also provided those in attendance with a blood pressure record. The records were made tri-fold so they could easily fit in the participants wallet for easy and convenient storage.
LMU-DCOM is working to schedule a similar event in the future. Their next health fair may take place at Middlesboro Mall in September with Middlesboro ARH Hospital participating.
Reina P. Cunningham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 606-248-1010, ext. 205.