2/8/2013 10:43:00 AM College's health day helps students, public Screenings, resources, practice are all part of annual event.
Pauletta Gullett, a health instructor at Lincoln Trail College, talks to her students performing blood sugar tests at the Health Awareness Fair in the college gym Wednesday. Her students in the medical assistant program were providing free tests to people at the fair. (Graham Milldrum photo)
Local residents had a chance to learn about their health at the second annual Health Awareness Day at Lincoln Trail College Wednesday.
The event was intended to showcase available resources, perform screenings and help students with real-life practice in their field, said Erica Bunten.
The screenings and tests, included blood sugar, vision, blood pressure, and height and weight comparisons. Some of those tests were performed by students in LTC health courses.
Pauletta Gullett's medical assistant class performed the blood sugar and height and weight tests. It was good to see how other people perform the same test, said Conna Jewell, Martinsville.
It helps students like Shelby King, Flat Rock, "be the most accurate at what we're going to do because it's going to be our profession."
Gullett said it also showed her that she needed to pack a wider variety of needles for events. She'd selected very small ones because they hurt the least, she said, but the needles can't penetrate the skin of people who are in process technology or other very hands-on fields.
Nursing students performed the blood pressure tests, wrapping the cuffs on arms of people of diverse ages and body types.
Other screenings lacked a practice element. Angela Cubbage, vision manager for the Terre Haute Sam's Club, ran a basic vision screening. She said many people she checked discovered they needed new prescriptions or vision assistance.
Some of the presenters had a very direct connection to their health concern. Members of the process technology program talked about hearing protection from small ear plugs to industrial-scale earmuffs. Welding instructors and students demonstrated various levels of eye care, including the classic welding mask.
Physical health wasn't the only subject. Mental health also showed up in the form of two counselors from Southeastern Illinois Counseling Centers, Inc. Debbie Wenger said people tended not to visit their table when she and Brenda Wampler were present because of the stigma associated with mental illness. They did see some people show up when the two women were away from the table, Wampler said.
Bunten said they plan to continue the event next year.