It’s time to take a proactive, preventive approach to health – and the college’s Public Health Club is ensuring you have the tools to succeed at this year’s Public Health Fair.
The fair, held from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Memorial Union quad, will feature various clubs and organizations from campus and the community that contribute to improving the health of others.
“There are several factors that contribute to individual health and the health of a community as a whole,” says Public Health Club member Miyuki Blatt. “Nutrition and fitness are, of course, extremely important, but we must also consider other factors such as social health, mental health, emergency preparedness and general community involvement when thinking of what contributes to public health.”
Hosted in conjunction with the American Public Health Association’s National Public Health Week (NPHW), this annual event will focus on this year’s NPHW’s five daily themes: be healthy from the start, don’t panic, get out ahead, eat well and be the healthiest nation in one generation.
“All of these themes have the overarching message of encouraging us to take proactive, preventive measures to improve the health of ourselves and our communities,” Miyuki says.
To promote taking steps toward living a healthy life, the Public Health Club is holding a contest to encourage participation at the event.
Every guest who interacts with – and gets their card stamped by – at least one booth in each of the five themes (five stamps total) will be entered into a drawing to win prizes including T-shirts and gift certificates.
Participants can pick up a stamp card at the Public Health Club booth during the event. The winner will be notified by email the following week.
Oregon State clubs and organizations taking part in the event include the Nutrition and Dietetics Club, the Society of Healthcare Executives, the Human Development and Family Sciences Student Club, KidSpirit, CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services), the Vegan Club, the Nursing Club, SHAG (Sexual Health Advisory Group), MARS (Male Advocates for Responsible Sexuality), Intramural Sports representatives and the USAS (United Students Against Sweatshops).
Participating community organizations include the American Red Cross, Trader Joe’s, Heartland Humane Society, the Linn Benton Food Share, Samaritan Health Services’ SCREEN Program, Trillium Family Services and the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis.
“The overall goal of the Public Health Club is to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles and decisions with the understanding that there are several factors that contribute to the health of both the individual and the community,” Miyuki says. “We believe this event will help encourage those healthy decisions.”