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NMC Annual Health Fair on Saturday, February 23 (February 6, 2013)

To increase awareness about healthy lifestyle habits and practices, the Northern Marianas College’s Nursing Club is inviting all community members to the 4th Annual Health Fair on Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Multi Purpose Center.

The Health Fair is supported with the assistance of the College Access Challenge Grant, Let’s Move CNMI, Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and other NMC and community volunteers.

Health Fair activities will run from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., but will also feature a 5k Walk starting at 6:30 a.m. Registration for the 5k Walk will be from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., and there will be incentives for participants while supplies last. Entrance to the Health Fair and the 5k Walk is free for all community members.

In addition to the exhibits, there will be games and information booths, as well as free immunizations, screenings for blood pressure, height and weight, and blood glucose. There will also be various presentations and fitness classes from organizations like the Cooperative Research Extension and Educational Services (CREES) Extension Service’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and GetFit CNMI. The American Red Cross will also demonstrate CPR techniques, and the event will also feature a lecture on Hansen’s disease by Dr. Daniel Lamar.

Participants may also purchase one dollar raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes like dental exams from Seventh Day Adventist, eye exams from Marianas Eye Institute and gift certificates from Tropical Blends and other companies. Funds raised will be donated to the NMC’s Nursing Club to purchase lancets and other supplies used for community service projects.

“Our goal for this Health Fair is to increase awareness and the importance of living a healthier lifestyle by eating the right types of food and becoming more physically active,” said NMC Nursing Club President Carina Train. “This is also a wonderful opportunity to expose yourself and your children to the different resources available in the CNMI.”

Members in the community can also learn about the various health service programs including the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, which provides nutritional assistance to women and children under the age of 5.

For additional information about the Health Fair, contact NMC Nursing Club President Carina Train at 234-5498 ext. 1346.

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