LCCC, community engage in Campus Health Fair

Lorain County Community College’s health and wellness department hosted its annual Campus Health Fair on Nov. 7, which included a number of services and fun for students and the community.

Over 70 local, health and wellness-like vendors and organizations filled John A. Spitzer Conference Center, 1005 N. Abbe Road in Elyria, and informed guests of their services and provided some of those services for free, according to Debbie Turner, administrative associate of human resources at LCCC.

Some of these services were CPR demonstrations, blood pressure and blood glucose screenings, flu shots and physical activities like dance and boxing.

Students of LCCC’s health and fitness program and Marion L. Steele High School’s medical technician course also played a role in offering free wellness tests and activities. 

Other activities provided by the college were raffles, music, healthy snacks and dancing.

Keith Brown, LCCC’s director of human resources, said the event initially was meant to inform the college’s employees of health services in the community to improve their lifestyles.

However, LCCC wanted to create a health fair and invite the public because “being healthy is important for not only our employees, but also for our students and the community,” Brown said. 

The Campus Health Fair has grown since it began three years ago, with more vendors and organizations interested in promoting overall healthy lifestyles, he said.

“Everything from soup to nuts,” is what’s included at the Campus Health Fair, according Lisa Augustine, professor and program coordinator of health, physical education and recreation at LCCC. “We have fun actives to get (guests) involved; massages, nail painting to make you feel good and all the information you need to live a healthier lifestyle.”

Augustine said it’s not a typical health fair where guests receive information and free supplies, but one that includes opportunities to engage the attendance.

“We’re trying to encourage that overall wellness, financially, physically, mentally, environmentally and spiritually,” she said.

Augustine said she hopes guests learned at least one way to enhance their health and wellness through the college’s Vision 20/20 priority of enhancing good health in the community.

Jen Holden was one of the many guests at the event.

Holden is soon-to-be a Lorain resident once again as she moves back with her family from South Carolina.

She said she attended the event to look around see what services were being offered, and ended up walking out as a student in a course offered by one of the vendors.  

“(The Campus Health Fair) can really help people,” Holden said. “It’s a nice event.”