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Vol State holds Health Fair for students

by Miguel Detillier

Volunteer State Community College hosted the Health Fair at the Randy and Lois Wood Campus Center on Sept. 13 and the event was a success.
“I thought that the Health Fair did well because the vendors took their time to participate in this event, but I felt like that we needed more students to get involved in this event,” said Tabitha Sherrell, Coordinator of Student Activities.
“Even though the Health Fair did pretty well with the amount of time the vendors took to be in this event, I hope that we will try in the future to have a speaker on the day of the Health Fair because I think that having a speaker at the event can really help generate more interest to the students,” said Sherrell
All the vendors that have
participated at the Health Fair were the Hendersonville UFC Gym, the Hendersonville Nutrishop, the Lebanon New Gym, the Sumner County Health Department who taught students about tobacco prevention, the cost of tobacco, food nutrition and also gave out information to students about annual physicals.
The Academic Advising Of ce who taught students about suicide prevention. The Salvus Center who taught students about medical and dental care. The Rivergate Dermatology Clinical Research Center who offered students their studies for acne, itchy skin or psoriasis, and that they would receive study treatment at no cost to them or their insurance with compensation for their time and travel.
The Of ce of Student Life and Diversity who gave out information to students about the sports intramurals schedule that includes co-ed flag football and soccer for the fall semester and taught them about yoga, Zumba and swimming, and also taught them about keeping their teeth clean and having an annual checkup and an eye exam, and even taught the students about drinking and driving, binge drinking, sexual assault.
Finally, Campus Police and the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), who cooperated with the Cumberland Crisis Pregnancy Center, to help teach students about pregnancy.
Crystal Sloss, Vice President of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), said that this club chose to cooperate with the Cumberland Crisis Pregnancy Center since it is a 3-mile drive from Volunteer State and that they offer free services like pregnancy tests and maternity clothing to students who do not have a lot of money for the counseling and mentoring they need to have a successful pregnancy.
Sloss also con rms that having free services for students can really help them save money to prepare for their pregnancy, especially since college can be nancially tough for students.
“I think that the Health Fair did not have enough student participation due to advertising inef ciencies,” said Sandra “Domino” Hunt, President of the Student Government Association (SGA).
“It was disappointing that not many students got to participate in the Health Fair because of their study time, but I like how hard we tried to get them to participate in this event,” said Sherrell.

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