Rio to host annual Health Fair

April 3, 2014

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The 16th annual Rio Health Fair hosted by the University of Rio Grande will be held on Tuesday, April 15.

Since the inaugural Health Fair in 1999, Rio Grande and its Nursing students have provided a variety of free screenings, information and door prizes through partnerships with local vendors to help insure the continued good health of the region.

The 2014 Rio Health Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 15 in Conference Room C of the Davis University Center located on the Rio Grande campus.

“Monitoring your personal health is very important, and this event gives everyone convenient access to screenings and information that leads to improved quality of life,” said Amy McKenzie, a senior Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) student at Rio Grande. “It’s amazing to see how the community and university come together each year to create an event that truly benefits everyone.”

Free screenings offered at the Health Fair include total cholesterol, non-fasting blood glucose and blood pressure. Also available free to fair attendees are Zumba lessons from Deb Adkins and massages from Mark Hasseman of The Kneaded Touch Massage Therapist.

Attendees also will be eligible for a variety of door prizes ranging from tickets to Kings Island and the Cincinnati Zoo to restaurant gift cards, 31 bags, a blood pressure cuff, glucometers, gas cards and much more. More than 30 door prizes will be awarded during the fair.

The Health Fair is hosted by Rio’s BSN and Community Health students. For the BSN students, it serves as the culmination of their senior capstone course.

“I think it gives us a good perspective. It’s a different kind of nursing,” McKenzie said. “A lot of it is about management, coming together as a group and working effectively. I think it’s made me a better nurse, and increased my awareness of caring for a community as a whole rather than just taking care of one patient.”

Outside vendors scheduled to participate include: Abbyshire Place, Arbors at Gallipolis, Area Agency on Aging, Beauti Control, Diles Hearing, Edgewood Manor, FACTS Drug Prevention, Family Oxygen and Medical Equipment, Family Senior Care Jackson, Gallia County Health Department and WIC, Gallia Jackson Meigs Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health, Genesis Oxygen, Holzer Center for Cancer Care, Holzer Geri-Psych Unit, Holzer Home Care, Holzer Wellness Program, Kneaded Touch Massage, Medi Home Care, Paramount Beauty School, Planned Parenthood, ResCare, Social Security Administration, Southern Ohio Medical Center Wellness and Nutrition, University of Rio Grande Health Services, University of Rio Grande Nursing students, University of Rio Grande Psychology Club, Veteran’s Services Office of Jackson, Walmart Vision Center, the YMCA and more.

“I believe the Rio Health Fair provides an excellent service to students, faculty and staff, as well as to the community,” said Dr. Donna Mitchell, College of Health & Behavioral Sciences Dean. “I am very proud to see our students working together to foster optimum health for all who attend.”

For more information about the Rio Health Fair please call 740-245-7302. For more information about the University of Rio Grande visit or call 800-282-7201.