Health fair benefits community, students

More than 50 vendors from health and wellness related businesses in the area gathered March 25 in Mayborn Campus Center Arena for the 12th annual UMHB and Community Health Fair, known as Health Quest.

With a variety of exhibits, the fair offered information and demonstrations for students, faculty, staff and the public.

Campus Nurse Debbie Rosenberger is in charge of the event and works yearlong to ensure that it provides the campus and community with access to the important healthcare information and services available to them.

“We do the health fair for a couple of reasons,” Rosenberger said. “One is to increase health awareness. Also, it is to be a resource to students.”

Rosenberger said the vendors from the free and reduced-cost clinics in the area, as well as free services offered throughout the day, are some of the most valuable aspects of Health Quest.

“We have a pretty good component of our students who don’t have health insurance, and we want to give an option,” she said.

Other represented  businesses included Belton Eye Center, Fitness Equipment Unlimited, Scott & White Hospital and many more.

“Vendors vary from year to year,” Rosenberger said. “I think people have been pretty happy with what’s been here, and there’s been a wide variety of things folks can do.”

The Central Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse was one organization present to inform and educate the public.

Felix Rubert, the representative from CTCADA, hoped that by attending the event, he could help bring awareness to students in a relaxed environment.

“We don’t want to force it on you not to do drugs,” he said. “But, you can come over to look at our things, and if you have questions we can provide answers.”

Rubert thinks that the key to the organization’s mission is education, which is the purpose for attending.

“You’re going to make a choice one way or the other. If you learn enough about it, you can make an educated choice,” he said.

Along with information, the event also offered exercise demonstrations, free massages and smoothies and door prizes.

Sophomore business major Michael Murphy was enticed to come to Health Quest after attending last year and hearing about this year’s big give-away, a Kindle.

“I came last year, too, and it was fun. And, when I heard they were giving away a Kindle, I came,” he said

Sophomore psychology major Kristina Zufall is a student worker for counseling and health services, which puts on Health Quest, and thinks the event was successful.

“We had a bunch of students come in, especially around lunch time,” Zufall said. “It’s been really awesome.”

Rosenberger attributes much of the day’s success to volunteers, especially from the College of Nursing.

“It’s pretty time-intensive to do it all. I couldn’t do this without help.”

Though it went well, Rosenberger is already thinking of ways to make next year even better and hopes students can contribute to that process.

“If students have any suggestions as to a group or something they’d like to see, they can email me or stop by my office,” she said. “I’m always open to ideas.”

Author: JC Jones

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