An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Well, not exactly, but eating right and exercising can help. For the second year in a row, Globe University-Madison East decided to partner with the East Madison Community Center to coordinate a Health and Wellness Fair to help educate the public about their health.
This year’s fair featured many community partners including: the Alzheimer and Dementia Alliance, Home Health United, Unity Health Insurance, Dane County Credit
Union, the Family Center, RSVP of Dane County, and many more area health-related businesses.
Service and Applied Learning
Globe University staff and students also participated in hosting tables and sharing information at the fair. As part of a service learning project, veterinary technology students shared information related to pet behavior problems and how to correct those types of issues. Students in the medical assistant program shared heart health information with fair attendees and performed vision screenings.
“It’s always nice to get out into the community and talk with people,” said Medical Assistant Instructor Deanna Rego. “And if they walked away with some helpful information regarding their health, that’s an extra plus for the day!”
Not only did Globe University staff and students apply their knowledge and skills at the Health and Wellness Fair, but Madison College students participated as well. Two dental hygienist students educated attendees on proper oral hygiene and a Madison College nursing student and instructor preformed blood pressure checks.
Massage therapy instructors and alumni provided free chair massages to attendees and also hosted a sugar scrub table, where attendees were able to learn how to make their own body scrub out of sugar, oil, and essential oils.
“This was the second year we partnered with Globe University to do a Health and Wellness Fair,” said Assistant Director of the East Madison Community Center Alison Ahlgrim. “It is a wonderful opportunity for people to come out and have access to all kinds of resources and information that they wouldn’t normally. We very much appreciate Globe’s commitment to giving back and helping in the community.”
In addition to educating the public on health related items, there were also demonstrations, healthy snacks, and great door prizes given away at the end of the fair, including two $50 gift cards to Hy-Vee.
Instructor Diane Carey said, “I thought the Community Service Day was great! It was so nice to see a steady flow of people coming through who were getting the opportunity to gather information that could help them make healthy choices in the future. I was so glad to be part of the day’s events.”