University of Northern Colorado health center preps for upcoming flu season
Published: Friday, October 26, 2012
Updated: Friday, October 26, 2012 01:10
The leaves weather are changing on the UNC campus, but just like many other schools across the nation, the season for sniffles and coughing is about to begin.
The Student Health Center hosted its second-annual health fair Tuesday in South Hall to help students better prepare themselves for the flu season. Students need to have more caution with how they handle sickness because not only have there been deadly meningitis outbreaks recently, but it is also simply a good idea to make sure everything immune system-related is working properly.
The student Health Fair provided not only valuable information about sexual health and relationships but also free vision tests and blood glucose tests — which tell a person whether he or she is diabetic or not. The fair also provided free blood pressure tests and flu vaccinations for the first 25 students who attended the event.
Students were persuaded to attend — not only by the health center but also other on-campus groups — to learn more about how to get and remain healthy while having the chance to earn prizes.
“Among the mountain bike we are providing, we have more than 50 prizes from local businesses around campus like Wal-Mart, Target, Aspen Leaf, Office Depot, King Soopers and many others,” said Cindy Vetter, director of student business services. “We also have UNC organizations here providing their services here for the students. We have the Audiology Club, the Rec Center, the counseling center and the dietetic center here.”
The health fair physicians and professionals also advise students who receive bad news concerning their health to either check it out with their family physician or the doctors at the Student Health Center in Cassidy Hall on central campus.
A lot of the students were either questioning their health or they just wanted to make sure their health was still up to par.
“I’m attending the Health Fair today because I’m curious about whether I have some health issues, and I’d like to have them checked out so I can stop worrying,” said Sierra Spikes, a freshman music education major.
Other students agreed with the idea of getting free stuff, especially as broke college students, while finding out if their health is sound.